Rigatoni Bolognese

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 →


2018 Reading List

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 →

X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

We have done something similar for years, but without spelling it out quite like this. Please parents, be this for your teens.

Bert Fulks

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.

Every single…

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