A Visit to the Beauty Shop

When I was growing up, my mom went to the "beauty shop" every week to get her "hair done." That meant she went to Beth's, the neighborhood salon, and Beth shampooed, conditioned and towel-dried her hair. Then, she wrapped her wet hair around rollers, and sat her in a chair under a hooded hair dryer. Think Truvy in Steel Magnolias.   After sitting under the hair dryer, probably reading a romance novel, Beth styled mom's hair and sprayed enough hair spray on it to last for the next … [Read more...]

Refugee Relief — No More Stranger

Just reading and watching stories about the millions of refugees makes my heart hurt. So when I heard our Church leaders focus on it in our General Conference recently, my heart rejoiced. A friend texted me during Elder Patrick Kearon's talk and said, "I just LOVE this new emphasis on refugees in the church! So much need. So Christian. Makes me proud of my church!" I couldn't agree more. Sixty million refugees is unfathomable.    It's one thing to watch the news and read the stories … [Read more...]

Beware of Halloween

Beware of Halloween. Kids will do anything for candy. Jerry Seinfeld said, “Candy was my whole life when I was a kid. For the first 10 years, I think the only clear thought I had was ‘Get Candy.’ That was it – family, friends, school – they were just obstacles in the way of the candy. I could only think get candy; get candy; get candy.” I wish I could say that ended when I was 10. Sometimes my brain works like that now. For now, forget all the studies about how bad candy is … [Read more...]

Please Don’t De-friend Me

I'm sitting on a plane sending a few birthday messages to my friends when it occurs to me that I've been blowing up Facebook with my "Day to Serve" life lately. I hope my friends haven't hid me from their timelines like I've wanted to hide my friend Erin from mine. You see, Erin is so obsessed with MASNsports  photography contest that she posts about a thousand Nats pictures a second. Her one-track posting habits have earned her a lot of grief from her friends, including me. But, as … [Read more...]

Overwhelmed by the Goodness of Others

Last Friday, President Scott Wheatley, our church's leader over the area from Vienna to Herndon, Virginia and everything in between, wondered what we could do as a community to help the Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey. He contacted Kevin Calderwood, a church member from Reston who is now serving as a mission president in the New York South Mission of the church, overseeing 200 LDS missionaries. President Calderwood quickly responded and said the people there needed warm … [Read more...]