What's the Cut-Off for Late Bloomers?

Tomorrow is my birthday and I still haven't really become who I know I am supposed to be.All my life I have been a recluse. Shy. Quiet. I did my work, raised my kids, and went home. For years.Then, a little over three years ago, my life changed drastically and I found that my being alone...kept me alone ...at a time when I needed fellowship with others.Since that time, I have been trying to connect with others. Not everybody, but more than with whom I was connected before....more

Climbing Out of a Cocoon

I am not sure about doing this ...except I feel like I must.Let me begin by saying that I am climbing ...no, maybe clawing ...my way out of a cocoon in which I have lived all my life.That may sound weird, as I was a pastor for 22 years. I am in the public eye a lot. But in spite of that, I have lived in a cocoon, and only a life-changing experience three years ago has convinced me that I need to come out ...and stay out.Three years ago,  I let myself down. I violated my vows as a clergy person, and in shame and guilt, I resigned from my church. ...more

Scared to Jump In

It is the weirdest feeling. Here I am, the mother of two college aged kids, and I feel like I want to quit everything reasonable and plunge into my dreams. I am a pastor. Cool beans. But I am also a writer/author, a musician and an actor. I want to make a CD. Maybe do a commercial or two. Audition for a Broadway play. Sing. Sing, sing and sing some more. ...more

Police Behavior

I cannot figure out what's wrong with so many police officers who feel like it's "the thing" to stop and hassle people just because they can. I've watched footage of the Oklahoma state trooper who stopped an ambulance which was carrying a patient to the hospital. It just so happened that the trooper was white and the head paramedic was African American. The head paramedic explained that he had a patient in the bus, was very polite and calm in spite of the trooper's out of control rage, but it was troubling to see how the trooper threw his weight around. ...more