The Life Changing Power of Live Theater

The Life Changing Power of Live Theater

Musical theater — where I was able to see my two older kids’ hearts heal and reach out to others. It’s where I was able to watch them find a place they belonged, and something they excelled at. I loved every moment of that discovery. We had moved to Virginia Beach,...
New Kid in Town Blues

New Kid in Town Blues

She looked completely dejected — head thrown back, eyes staring, body slumped. “What’s up, Love?” Deep sigh. Rolling eyes. Outburst. “I don’t have any friends. I’m new. The girls all pair off, and the one I had over for the play date only plays with her best friend...
Choosing Home, Choosing Community

Choosing Home, Choosing Community

I was actually washing my face and putting on a quick facial when it dawned on me—I am choosing a new kind of freedom for Karl and me and the girls. The freedom to move to a new place of our own choosing, a smaller place, a community. A place like us, for us. We are...
Reflections of Peace: Sunset on the Lake

Reflections of Peace: Sunset on the Lake

Life on a lake makes you really reflect on the closure of the evening. This fall one of my favorite times on the lake is when the sun falls below the hill to our west, and only its reflection in the clouds is visible. I especially love the brilliantly hot-pink...
My Date With a Book And a Cup of Tea

My Date With a Book And a Cup of Tea

Every time I start to read a good book, I have to stop. It’s so crazy predictable that I almost avoid reading. As soon as I connect with the writer (which can be as soon as three lines in), I have the biggest impulse to start writing. Happens every time. Like...