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August 24, 2018

So, fun fact about me: My first long-term romantic relationship was with Rick Springfield.

For a totally made-up mirage that only ever existed in my head, I’m not gonna lie — it was a Many Splendored Thing. I could NOT get enough of that beautiful man! I loved him deepl...

March 15, 2018

An eclectic set of dishes, pots and storage-ware has found a temporary home on top  of the bookshelf in our kitchen, serving as a quiet but powerful reminder of love, care  and community.  Each piece represents a meal brought to our home; a sacrifice of time, an invest...

December 23, 2017

Click here for a printable PDF of this post that includes a devotional journal page.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been living with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. I’ve been sick before during the holidays, but never as sick as I am right now.

And it feels...

June 16, 2017

On a placid, cloudless July afternoon in 1988, I stood on the altar at the First Baptist Church in Batesville to marry Chris Lawson in front of almost everyone on planet Earth I held dear.

When it was my turn, I solemnly repeated my vows — the very most significant, spe...

June 23, 2016

Every time I hear “Sweet Caroline,” I think about my dad’s dogged, fan-boy assertion that Neil Diamond is hands-down the most under-appreciated artist of our time. Possibly since the dawn of time.

I kind of secretly agree a little bit, although I’d never say so out loud...

May 19, 2016


Michael Phelps was 15 when he swam in his first Olympics; over the course of four summer games he won 22 medals, including 18 gold, which makes him the most decorated Olympian in the history of EVER.


He came out of retirement last year announcing plans to compete in R...

April 6, 2016

Three-year-olds are the undisputed world champions of stubborn resistance.

Years ago on an early spring evening, our daughter Clary was playing in her room when I interrupted to say it was time to get ready for bed. She looked out her window and saw that it wasn’t yet d...

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