Unpack Your Bags

In one of our women's meetings at church, our teacher brought in a suitcase and rolled it around the room. She asked, "How many of you have unpacked your bags?" She confessed that she has lived here for years and never mentally or emotionally unpacked her bags. She said when we don't unpack our bags, we live with one foot out the door.  I wasn't the only woman in the room thinking,"This lesson is for me." I heard women whispering, "This is for me." And saw others nodding their heads as if it … [Read more...]

Forgive me Dad

Dear Dad, I owe you an apology. Remember after I moved to Washington, and every time I talked to you, you said, "When are you moving back to Utah?" I remember when you finally stopped asking me that. It was after one of your visits to Washington, and, at last, you seemed to understand why I loved living in D.C. We were standing at a busy intersection in Georgetown, and you said, "I can see why you love it here. This is your kind of place. You really are a city girl." So, now that I am … [Read more...]

That Time I worked for the President

At this time of the American Presidential Inauguration, and since the hospitalization of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, I have been reminiscing about the privilege I had to work as the communications director for the Bush ‘41 Presidential Inauguration. I remember standing on the lawn of the flag-draped U.S. Capitol when he said he wanted his first official act as President to be offering a prayer for the nation. With cameras rolling and the world watching, he asked God to make us strong to do … [Read more...]

Cancer Graduation Day

It finally came. The day I've been looking forward to for 10 years. I went to see my oncologist yesterday and she said, "Congratulations. You have graduated from oncology." Oncology -- the study and treatment of tumors. The field of medicine that is devoted to cancer. About a month ago I went to the breast surgeon's office and she said, "You don't need to come back anymore unless it gives you peace of mind to keep coming." No thank you, I told her, I will not be back. I am done with … [Read more...]

Weight Watchers Embarrassment

I've debated whether to share this embarrassing experience, but here goes... Last week, I went to Weight Watchers. That's not even the embarrassing part. After Weight Watchers, I went to the car repair shop, the grocery store, and Costco. When I got home, I realized I never took off my Weight Watchers nametag. Hello world! My name is Laurie. I am a Weight Watcher. I try not to advertise this because, for me, living the WW lifestyle is like slogging through mud. Progress is … [Read more...]