Silent Night, Holy Night

Last night we went with friends to a Christmas sing-along at Wolf Trap, where we sat outside on the lawn, bundled in blankets and coats to sing Christmas carols with thousands of other people who came to kick off the holiday season. With all the bad news of the world swirling around us, it was a gift to be in a peaceful place with a massive group of kind, generous people singing songs of joy. At the end of the evening, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band led us in singing Silent … [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...]

Remembering What You’d Rather Forget

A few months ago, I attended a Jewish Holocaust Observance at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. I listened to Leo Bretholz, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor from Baltimore, tell about how he escaped by jumping out of the window of a train heading for Auschwitz. .youtube.com/watch?v=wvqAITl9ILQ He is a group of 100 survivors who visit Maryland's public schools every year. "I look at the students and wonder if they believe me. It is so inconceivable...but, I cannot … [Read more...]

Ready for a Sweet Weekend

    Imagine spending eight to 10 hours of this beautiful spring weekend parked on the couch listening to about 30 religious speeches.       That’s how millions of Mormons will be spending this April weekend – glued to the television, listening to the radio or taking advantage of satellite and Internet broadcasts from Salt Lake City where more than 100,000 people will be watching it … [Read more...]

Rising After a Fall

  Today as I left my house to go for a walk in the woods, I noticed the tiny buds on our magnolia tree and a few blossoms.   Spring is trying to happen, I thought, as I walked down the driveway, bundled in my fleece jacket and gloves.   As I walked along the trail, I saw a robin perched on a limb, its bright color a beautiful contrast to the brown, leafless trees. Spring will come, I thought. After every long, cold winter, spring always comes.   It … [Read more...]