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


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...]

The trouble with fashionable friends

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I have two dear friends who are total fashionistas. I won’t say their names, but one starts with a C even though it sounds like it should start with a K; and, the other one starts with a J and ends with the word ann. Shopping is their hobby, their passion, and their expertise. I also have a daughter that might be morphing into one of those too. They exude style and good taste. I love them. I really do. But sometimes they just aggravate me to death with their wear-anything … [Read more...]


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