What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Cindyhuber My husband was on unemployment for over a year (thank god he is currently employed) ... more

Using God to Justify Bigotry

The very First Amendment Establishment Clause is the separation of church and state.  Remarkable, isn’t it?  Puritans had abandoned the Church of England with all their pomp and universal (as known at that time) practice of rituals.  They and others came to this country with their families and friends to embark on a journey so that they, in part, could worship their creator in a way that was perceived as ‘truth’....more
I agree 100%! Just because its not something that you would personally do doesn't mean it should ... more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
It has long bothered me that Churches are not required to pay taxes.  Being from Virginia Beach, ... more

Holiday Traditions. We Are Family!

With Easter coming up in the near future, I can’t help but reflect on the traditions that we, as a family, have established.  We are totally lacking in holiday experience due to the unusual circumstances surrounding our background.  So… we have created our own madcap idea of traditions.  I am part of a huge family.  Once we left the quagmire of the past and stepped into the future, it took a few years of doing before we came up with what we call our new tradition. ...more
I am super excited this year!  Jena gets more into it with every year and Stevie gets more ... more

The Single Ornament and the Little Tree

I was 44 when I celebrated my very first Christmas.  I prodded on with no idea of what I was doing.  My boss, at the time, presented me my very first ornament.  I still have it to this day; a lovely bell with pretty green and red ribbon.  I was very pleased.  I took it home and hung it on a plant; admired it and thought I was pretty darn cool.  Of course, I knew the obvious, presents were involved.  I went out and bought gifts for my daughter and her family and shipped the packages all off to Virginia.  I think I had more fun choosing and wrapping...more
I frequently think about that Christmas...it was my first one ever. I remember the excitement ... more

Farewell and Peace, My Sister

Dani Dittman Bower crossed over on January 11, 2011 from Luekemia.  She was just 46 years old and my youngest sister.  A year has passed since the death of my baby sister.  I have read that she was a loving and caring mother. A distant relative was gracious enough to inform of her terminal illness just seven hours before her death.  The pain and sorrow in my heart burst forth in a way that I wll never be able to put into words.  She was just 46 years old and left behind a young son.  I don't ...more
Mama....that was beautiful! I still remember that, during my childhood, it was always you and ... more

Oprah Asks Are You Prepared to Buy Teen Daughter a Vibrator?

Stephany who blogs at Crooked House is not having an easy time of it. She's a couch potato by her own description, tired and dragging through her days, and ready to give Oprah expert Dr. Laura Berman the thumbs up for telling moms to tell their daughters about masturbation, maybe even given them vibrators for Christmas. It's understandable. ...more

I find it encouraging that we, as women, are discussing this at all.  For too many years, any ... more

Night Awakenings

I wake up with a start, old worn out memories surface of hurt and an ache that lies deep within my soul.  I thought I was past all of that 'stuff'.  I say to myself in the darkness of my bedroom, "Let it go"  "Let it go".  I struggle to change how I feel, going through the gauntlet of the 'should haves and could haves' as I rerun each sorrid event through my mind.  Maybe I am not so enlightened if I can remember the pain, in the dark of night, hurt feelings of years gone by.  Why now?  After so many years of 'not remembering'?  At that moment, the question go ...more

It can be just as difficult to accept the joy and the blessings that come our way as it can ... more