5 Days, 5 Ways to ′Merry up Christmas’— Without Breaking Your Piggy Bank!

Are you feeling the blues as we close in on... the "most wonderful time of the year"? Things have changed, and many don't have the means to do what they used to. It's not just you. Commercialism has set a bar that's difficult to reach. Especially now. Let's peek in on a Christmas in Mayberry. … Continue reading 5 Days, 5 Ways to ′Merry up Christmas’— Without Breaking Your Piggy Bank!

Love Letters and Secrets: Are Yours Hiding Too?

′Tis the season for getting mushy. Recently, I happened upon some old love letters in an email thread. Oh my. It's a little embarrassing to  tell you how little correspondence I received. And it's funny to consider how unpolished I was, as a writer. I was so young. Nevertheless, there was something special in those … Continue reading Love Letters and Secrets: Are Yours Hiding Too?

Lessons Learned: Spy Ninjas, Courage and Individuality

My seven year old niece LOVES the Spy Ninjas. I do NOT love the Spy Ninjas. If you don't know, the Spy Ninjas are YouTubers. But let's consider them actual people we know- in real life- just for a moment.  Real people. With real personalities we either really love. Or really don't love. See, both … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Spy Ninjas, Courage and Individuality

Where do I Fit in?

"Be more specific." All the experts say it. They imply that belonging is a matter of finding people like you. I don't buy it. I'm the ambassador for square pegs in a world full of round holes. I know what it is not to fit. And I desire more than anything the promised solidarity these … Continue reading Where do I Fit in?

How to Binge Like a Boss!

I binge a lot. I'm thinking of my niece. She's a lot like me, and I learn a lot from her. By just watching and paying attention, I better understand myself. By the time I show up and get into something, it's over. I need more space. More time to get there. It's just how … Continue reading How to Binge Like a Boss!

How to Do a New Thing

About 5 years ago, I survived a very dark night that saved my life. That's a story for another time. But the following Sunday, I darkened the doorstep of my local church. It was a homecoming for me. You see, I was the backslidden Christian. I was desperate. I say these things because it was … Continue reading How to Do a New Thing