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The Bear Tree

When I was a teenager, my parents, twin sister Laura and I lived in a 100-year-old, remodeled ranch house on 40 acres of rolling hills …

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Chain of Miracles

It was a peaceful Friday afternoon. Vases of flowers and cards filled with loving messages covered the polished table. The painful panic was just beginning …

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The Unexpected Ship

What amazes me about people is that even though some are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, they move ahead with courage and hope. I’m inspired …

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I’m Gonna Die

When I was growing up, my weekends felt boring and ritualistic. Since my dad is a pastor, we went to church, and then my parents …

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The Gift of Ciara

Ciara was our first child, born during the lazy days of summer when hopes were high and dreams weaved themselves into the fabric of our …

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Christmas Joy

In 1967, Charles E. Hummel published a small book entitled, Tyranny of the Urgent.1In it, he asked if we’d ever wished for a 30-hour day. …

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You Need to Ask

How long has it been since you’ve had a conversation with your parents about their finances? If you are like most people, the likely answer …

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Trans Fat

Have you ever noticed how the words, “0 grams Trans Fat,” mysteriously appeared on several packaged foods? The term showed up on the front in …

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Unplug the Machine

Christmas of 1996 was the holiday-from-you-know-where for my husband and me. Despite the very best of intentions, I practically ruined everything by trying to make …

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