Friendship 101

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Meet my friend, Trina. Don't go stealing her away though. Just meet her and appreciate her like I do. I am perhaps the most blessed woman in the world in many ways. One of them is that I have terrific friends. Trina is one of them. How do I love her? Let me count the ways: 1. She is my flower fairy. It started when I was labeled with the dreaded "C" word. She came over and planted pansies in my flowerbed so that I could see them every day and be reminded that I … [Read more...]

Does Prayer Work?

I recently read a call for blogs on the topic: “Does prayer work?’ Since it’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought about this question as it applied to my breast cancer diagnosis eight years ago. Since that experience, my answer to the question of whether prayer works is, “It depends.” If we believe praying is as easy as placing an Amazon Prime order, we might be disappointed to learn it might not work like that. I learned to pray as soon as I could talk. So, when I … [Read more...]

#daytoserve = More Good

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Day to Serve (DTS) started small in 2011 with the simple, common idea that getting a lot of people together for one day to serve others could make a difference. The idea picked up steam quickly. A few small events in Virginia quickly ignited a spirit of service that spread to Maryland, Washington, D.C. and then West Virginia. One day of service turned into two weeks of service and then to a month-long massive service spree. What fuels its growth? Very simply, it’s our … [Read more...]

To Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Real Question

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I've been trying to decide whether to visit my family in Utah before summer ends. It's not that I don't want to go. It's just that I have to "weigh" (pun intended) my decision carefully because when I land in Utah, every good habit I've worked hard to develop suddenly starts playing a game of hide-and-seek. It's the craziest thing, like my good sense goes on vacation and I'm a helpless victim trapped in a smorgasbord of deliciousness. And I must eat. I eat things I would never eat … [Read more...]

Lessons from NYC 9-11 Memorial

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We recently visited the new 9-11 Memorial in NYC, which commemorates the lives of those lost in the terrorist attacks. One word: sad. Visitors streamed through the museum in silence; many with tears running down their cheeks. There were some parts of the museum that were so moving, I stifled outright sobbing. People lingered over the exhibits, especially the ones with recorded voices of passengers on the hijacked planes calling their loved ones to tell them goodbye. It … [Read more...]

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