Looking for Helpers

One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer....more

Marie Antoinette and Me

The last queen of France and me have absolutely nothing in common. Still, through the hardest years I look to her. It started in my mid 20's, when I was alone one evening in a tiny two room attic apartment. I had rented a movie from Blockbuster, Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." I watched it twice that evening.It had the kind of pulsating soundtrack and vivid imagery that swept me away. Her dresses, the shoes, the sheer extravagance in Versailles. She was adored, and hated, and eventually she would become a captive queen....more

Paris: How I Talked about the Attacks with My French Students

Paris was attacked.And I teach French.I knew Monday morning, my students would ask, "Madame, what happened in France?"I knew I needed to address the tragedy.I knew they would look to me for answers.Where do I start? What do I say? As a journalist, I thought about the who. I thought about the what.I thought about the when, where, why, and how.I thought about the facts. The details.As their teacher, I thought about what message I wanted to deliver....more

Doing the Work of Love

I got news last week that a relative of mine, one of my mother's cousins, Alice, had passed away. Her funeral was this past Saturday in Broomall, Pennsylvania. My in-laws were coming up from Baltimore to visit us the same day, but I snuck out to the service, a drive of about two hours each way, because, well, it was Alice. And it was a funeral. I'm big on showing up to funerals. Always have been. I just...we need to show up. So I try to....more

waking up to a new day

Terrorists use violence in an attempt to achieve political goals. Their intent is to bring about political change by creating a climate of fear within the society they oppose. The targeting of innocent victims and symbolic locations for a high-profile attack has long been the preferred method of terrorist organizations. As defined by Kids Encyclopedia – Kids Britannica...more

A Mother's Thoughts and Prayers for Paris

My heart goes out to Paris, a place of beauty, artistry, perfection and kindness. I am stunned and saddened anyone could bring harm to one of my favorite places on the planet. I cannot understand. I don’t know how to process this in my head. As I heard bits and pieces, hair-raising chills went up and down my arms. I wanted to drop everything, get to a TV, see and hear what happened, to make sense of it all. What does this mean for the future? Is any place safe? How can we fix this?...more

Je suis Paris

No words today.Photo from the Huffington Post.prayers and healing thoughts,shawna...more

Travel-Themed Coloring Books for Adults

While Stephanie has been floating around Albuquerque, I've been back in Atlanta looking for new ways to feed my wanderlusting soul....more