When Seven Year Olds Talk About God

Two weeks into school and my daughter has already had another layer of innocence scrubbed away. I worry she has donned a layer of protection in its place. Vulnerability leads to some of the greatest gifts of human existence, but it is not always rewarded thusly....more

Accepting My Limitations

I’m about 3 months into my pregnancy and I constantly feel like I’m about to fall asleep. It’s been about 3 years since I was last pregnant and I don’t remember struggling this much. That could be due to the fact that I didn’t work and spent most of the time sitting on the couch, eating and watching episodes of Law and Order SVU. This time around is completely different. Not only do I have a 3 year old, but I also work part time. As excited I am to be pregnant, I’m having to accept these new limitations....more
Thank you for sharing!  Great perspective, and encouraging.  I'm 20 weeks pregnant with my 3rd ...more

The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners

During high school, I craved Thursday mornings. While most kids were pressing the snooze button on their alarm clocks, I was alert and at school long before the first bell would ring. A few friends of mine started a Yoga Club and were desperate for new members – so I decided to give it a try. They recruited a lovely local yoga teacher to donate her time for our weekly sessions, and we all would pile into the stinky high school wrestling room for class. The lights were dim, the music was soft, and all the stress of college applications and high school drama seemed to just melt away....more

Act As If

Seven years ago, I didn’t believe in God....more

Forgiveness: Clearing Out Emotional Clutter

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful practices we can embrace in order to live with an open and loving heart.  Forgiveness is an often misunderstood concept and as a result, can be difficult to apply in our lives.What is forgiveness?  Here is what it is not.  It is not deciding that what someone has done to you is acceptable.  This misunderstanding about forgiveness acts as an obstacle in our attempt to forgive others.  We know that what someone has done to us is not OK and as a result we are not interested in forgiving that person....more
Those darn hippies - he made me roll my eyes, but he really had a lot of wise things to say. Why ...more

What Was Really Happening With Those Azaleas

Six or seven months ago as I walked to my office one morning, I saw a man from the grounds crew chopping up azalea plants by the sidewalk. My first reaction was horror—those plants were perfectly healthy. While I stood there on the sidewalk with my mouth hanging open, the man turned to me and shrugged. He spread his arms out wide over the wreckage then shook his head with resigned disgust. ...more
TheBlackTortoise Thank you. I hope you see jewels everywhere you look.more

The Book that Changed Me

The Book that Changed MePOSTED ON AUGUST 21, 2014...more

Why Am I Crying?

So far, this has been the most trying and difficult period I have encountered. I wonder, why now? It's been nearly a year, after all, and shouldn't I be used to his absence? And why can I talk about him, but it brings me to tears when other people talk about him?...more

Changing How We Define Success

My friend’s 16-year old daughter loves to cook.  She takes the culinary class offered at her school, pores over the glossy photos in cookbooks and makes a mean pineapple chicken.  When I asked if she was going to pursue culinary arts in college she sighed and said that she didn’t want to work in the restaurant business.  She explained that the hours were terrible and a lot of restaurants fail....more

Having the Courage to Stop Worrying and Start Believing

How often do we let worry consume us? How do we know what the first step is to learn how to stop worrying and start living? Sometimes it just gets to the point where it's too hard to shake off. Usually when I'm feeling this type of way, I'll turn to my Bible and meditate on what it says. Having the reassurance that God has my back has always been able to uplift my spirits and get me to the place I need to be....more