My favorite Italian sauce is Bolognese, but I had never tried to make it! I searched for the best recipe that matched what I appreciate about it, and ended up combining a couple. The main recipe came from sarcasticcooking.com, but I added to it a little. The sauce is thick and heavy, add a half... Continue Reading →
My goal was to read more in 2018, which truly meant that my goal was to slow down and be more open in 2018. I am noticing that I read a lot more fiction this year than I usually do, and for the most part I really enjoyed the escape. I'm simply listing them in... Continue Reading →
Recently I read a quick article about an amazing thing that happened 50 years ago; most folks realize that back in 1968 African American people were segregated from Caucasians in many public spaces, and the work of Martin Luther King Jr brought to light so much hatred and fear in our country. At the time... Continue Reading →
It's a hot summer morning, you can already hear the cicadas buzzing and almost see the humidity hanging in the air. The year is 1978, August in Alabama and I am at the community pool with my brother. We stand in a group at the gate, waiting to be let in as the pool opens... Continue Reading →
Two of my dearest friends came for a visit last weekend, it’s amazing what a few hours of intense laughter and intentional conversation can do for the soul. My job was to bring the nourishment, and one of my friends is totally gluten-free. I wanted to have the classic comfort breakfast of pancakes and bacon,... Continue Reading →
I saw this recipe within my photos on my phone, I often snap pics of of food ideas to try later. Unfortunately I didn’t get the website in the picture, and I can’t find it when I search, so I can’t give credit for the recipe. I made this for lunch yesterday and had a... Continue Reading →
We are in the middle of a major house renovation. Maybe major isn't the accurate term, but for a couple who has never done this, it feels significant. In the next few weeks we will have new wood flooring installed, new cabinets and paint, new appliances. The works. Meanwhile, in order to get ready for... Continue Reading →
We have done something similar for years, but without spelling it out quite like this. Please parents, be this for your teens.
Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery. Yes. Young people. I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions. I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand. This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.
Recently I asked these kids a simple question: “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”
They all raised their hands.
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What were you thinking?? Are you serious?? I just don’t trust you. Three statements that can crush a man. There are many more, but they all share similar characteristics; from the woman they love, these words inflict wounds that do not heal. I don’t think most women understand how much impact we have on our men. There are so... Continue Reading →