Life on the Other Side of Abuse

Ben and I watched a limited series on Netflix last weekend. Maid chronicles the true story of a woman (Alex) in an abusive relationship who struggles to make a life for herself and her daughter apart from her abuser. It is thrilling when she gets away and finds a safe place. It’s heartbreaking to see…

Holding on to Good

This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least. And there’s no end in sight. The world is upside down, emotions are high, and uncertainty is the only thing we can expect. I know I’m not the only one who gets anxious reading the latest headlines, so I thought a shift…

Even When

I have always believed America is the greatest nation on earth. Lately, though, the more I see, the less I trust. I grew up in the post-Civil Rights, post- Vietnam war era of the eighties and nineties. I remember learning in elementary school about Soviet Russia and the USSR, the Berlin wall, poverty and dictatorships…

You Called?

Has anyone ever asked you the question, “If you were a millionaire and never had to work again, what would you do?” Whatever you answered: “Fixing cars,” or “Starting a non-profit to help underprivileged carrot farmers,” or “Lay on a yacht all day drinking champagne,” was supposed to be your true calling. A few months…

Going Viral

These are strange times. I’ve never been part of a plague before. It’s hard to remember what it feels like to just go places without worrying about who might be carrying a deadly virus. Or if there will be toilet paper. Really, doomsday preppers? You had to take ALL of the Charmin? We are blessed….

Here we Go

I’m in love. There. I said it. Let me back up for a minute. This year has been a roller coaster of emotions, mostly leaving me face-down in bed with the covers pulled over my head.  Don’t worry, I left enough of an air pocket for my wine.  I know you were concerned. So back…

The Road to Mediocrity is Paved with Frozen Pizza

It gets me every time. I usually begin my day with an extremely satisfying, delicious vegan protein shake: low glycemic, gluten-free, and bursting with chocolate or vanilla fruit-spun goodness. For lunch, I have a whole-food veggie burger. I chop carrots, tomatoes, onions, and bright yellow peppers, add them to organic mixed green baby lettuce, and…

See ya, Strawberry Lemonade

When I was 23 my friends thought it would be great idea to go apply at the Cheesecake Factory, so I went along and we all got hired. The money was great and it was an exciting job, but 14 years later it was beginning to feel like the movie Groundhog Day, and I knew…

Psalmthing to Believe In

God’s presence is real, and he showed up yesterday in a very tangible way. Out of respect for a friend I won’t mention specifics but I had suspected for weeks someone close to me was struggling, but they wouldn’t admit it and I couldn’t prove it. I prayed early yesterday morning for God to allow…

Scared Straight vs.The Notebook

Fear is a poor motivator. Sermons on hell and damnation may lead people to the altar, but I wonder how effective they are in changing a man or woman’s heart, mindset, and life. I was talking to a friend over a Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout this past Sunday, and trying to explain why, after a…