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 →
Guys.....if you're starting to feel some pressure from all the Valentine's Day ads but have no idea how to proceed, I think I can help. You have the universal question looming right now....what does she want from me? Okay, here we go.... 1. She doesn't want you to ask her what she wants. Ever. If... Continue Reading →
I went to the community center to work out last week, I don't have a set schedule that I keep, so sometimes I work out first thing in the morning but I'm more likely to find my way there mid-morning or right at lunchtime. If I wait till much later in the day, I can talk myself... Continue Reading →
In the early years of our marriage I had the ability to run a gamut of emotions in the first hour of the day; my guy never knew what to expect because I could show signs of bitterness and frustration and enthusiasm and charm without thinking about it. I believed it was my right to do this,... Continue Reading →