Doing One Thing That Scares Me

Doing One Thing That Scares Me

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune (June 1, 1997) wrote that advice to newly graduated students. Even though I graduated decades ago, something about that quotation stuck in my heart. I ruminated on it for days....
Let’s Start Talking about It

Let’s Start Talking about It

“Ssh! Don’t talk about it. Especially in church!” I once attended a Bible study with a small group of women who loved God deeply, knew the Bible well and had worked as hard as anyone could at motherhood, and yet eight out of 10 of us had children who had walked away...
Courage to Stay

Courage to Stay

In early November 2005 my mom began a journey that changed us both. She got into her little car and began to drive to Denver International Airport, 60 miles from her home, a route she had driven thousands of times during her 69 years. But this time she faced a...

I Assumed

Back in December I made a mistake. I’m sure I made more than one, but this one hit me on the head. Every December for many years I have spent one evening out with a group of friends. We exchange gifts, talk about the year past and the year coming. We laugh. And...