Creator of #IllRideWithYou Speaks Out on Hashtags and Solidarity

Have you been following the hashtag #IllRideWithYou on Twitter? It's the latest example of online solidarity, with all the many recent discussion about how to be an ally to a less privileged group (think: #CrimingWhileWhite and the recent blog post by The Blind Side subject Leigh Anne Tuohy). ...more
Reading through these posts yesterday blessed me with so much hope for humanity. I needed every ...more

Why Hanukkah Shouldn't Compete With Christmas

The pressure to compete started early again this year, despite the fact that Hanukkah itself is starting later, not on Thanksgiving day as it did in 2013. ...more
Melissa Ford Thanks Melissa. I'm sure others feel Christmas gets inflated too. It's complicated, ...more

How to Celebrate Chanukah: 8 Days of Joyous Gift Giving

Chanukah is one of my most favorite holidays of the year. Why? It is a happy ending story of heroism and cooperation. Also (and I swear this is secondary), it lasts for over a week and includes the traditional eight days of gift-giving....more
HomeRearedChef Thank you dear friend!!  As I say over and over again - wish you were closer.  ...more

How My Husband Finds Hope During Infertility

This is a post from my husband, Tom.  Be sure to check out his other posts and share them with the men in your life.  ...more

Our Closest Relationships are Our Greatest Spiritual Teachers

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Pierre Teilhard de ChardinI am a student; a continual learner. For me, the journey of growth and evolution has no finish line.I seek out those that are the best in their respective areas of expertise and hire them to teach me....more

Jai Ram He Shall Reign Forever Alleluia

The other day I was listening to Handel's Messiah Alleluia chorus while driving back to work from the dentist. It was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - the men and women alternating singing the words "And He shall reign forever and ever. Alleluia, Alleluia. Lord of Lords! King of Kings! Alleluia, Alleluia!"...more

12 Days of Christmas: The Betty Christmases

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It’s amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

A Plea for Broken Hearts in Peshawar

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another." - Mother Teresa I keep coming back to this quote, partly because it never stops being true. But I also keep coming back to this quote, because we keep forgetting. I’m compelled to write today to implore us to remember....more
There is not a nationality that falls outside this plea for compassion. Our grief must extend ...more

In Search of Christmas Spirit

Hello? Christmas spirit? Oh, Christmas spirit? Where the hell are you??I'm searching high and low trying to find the spirit of Christmas this year. It's been very elusive and it's already December 16. Whoa. Sixteen days into December, the month of Christmas and love and giving and I'm simply NOT feeling it.Like, not at all. Not a single damn bit....more

No Christmas Spirit Here

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Gratitude adjustment

“I wouldn’t know: I’ve never not had a garage,” she sniffed (haughtily, I imagined. In all fairness, though, it was nostril-freezing cold out.)I snapped, “Well, maybe in the next snow storm you should leave your car in the driveway so you can see what it’s like.”It certainly was not one of my most tactful moments....more

Because We Have Been Given Much

Confessions of a Christmas Fraud

I am a Christmas fraud and I don’t know how to tell my children....more