Playing With Chukka in Grand Turk

I love taking cruises. Ship activities and restaurants are great, but my favorite aspect of cruising is exploring our ports of call. Being around masses of people while we’re actually on an island doesn’t appeal to us, so we often plan our own excursions....

Confessions of a Crappy Compassion International Sponsor

I don’t know how it happened. One day I was faithfully sending letters out to my Compassion International child each week, complete with coloring pages and stickers. The next thing I know, I receive this in the mail.   A little reminder that it’s been awhile. I...

Bad Report Card? Don’t Freak Out – Here’s Why!

I recently wrote a submission article for a freelance job opening for an educational web site. I thought it might be worth posting here. I haven’t heard back about the job. However, there were over 200 applicants, so it might take them some time to go through...

Big Hearts and Painted Faces at Birchcroft

This is my amazing friend, Meghan. There are more than 1,000 reasons I love her so. But the main one is that her heart is freakishly big. Seriously. I think her rib cage must often strain from the pressure. An example of what flows from that huge heart is the...

Three Facets of One Word: HOPE

Hope isn’t for an elect few.             It should span cultural, religious and economic boundaries. But does it? We so easily toss that word out in everyday conversation, that it seems to have become watered down. We hope for a...

Dear Daughter: A Letter to My 13-Year-Old

My original intent was to post these thoughts on my daughter’s actual birthday (three days ago). However, what with middle school rock spray painting to accomplish, birthday party planning and an impromptu emergency room visit (another blog post, believe me)...