It’s no longer breaking news that the tension in our country (and arguably, our world) is reaching a boiling point. In fact, many folks believe “the powers that be” are intentionally trying to create a Civil War in the US. Divide and conquer. Just today, I was reading a Facebook post about this possibility, when something jumped out…

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DIVERSITY – Why are we so afraid of this word? Why does this one little word cause so much anger and opposition? Why are we uncomfortable even discussing diversity? It will probably come as no surprise….human beings find comfort in sameness. We thrive on commonalities. In fact, where romantic relationships are concerned, studies have shown that the old adage…

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Years ago, I wrote a devotional for the Christian magazine, Our Daily Bread. It was titled “Our Limited Understanding.” (don’t look for it; sadly, it wasn’t picked up for publication). In reality, it was about The Big Picture. I wrote: “As a mom, God often speaks to me through my two small children. The kids and I enjoy reading…

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I love Mike Rowe! You know, the Dirty Jobs guy? And, not just because he’s hot….I love him because he has common sense, and he’s not afraid to use it. In today’s world, where common sense seems to take a back seat to political correctness, I admire the fact that he speaks his mind. One of his favorite topics,…

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  It’s a beautiful Saturday night in downtown Charleston. I’m sitting at a piano bar with my husband and some friends from work, having a blast, my voice almost hoarse from singing and yelling. At some point, I sneak a glance at Bill, who is not prone to overt displays of excitement. He’s singing and tapping along with the…

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Benjamin Corey is a theological scholar and author, read by millions each year, who unabashedly speaks out about the types of topics I’ve been wrestling with for years, as a (no longer) conservative Christian. Corey’s beliefs fall, in his words, primarily within the tenets of the Anabaptist network. One of their core beliefs is that the western Christendom era…

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In my last blog post, I let you in on a little secret. I admitted that I am often afraid. Wait, what? Yes, I realize that my tagline is “Living Your Life’s Purpose Through Love, Not Fear.” But, actually, I’m on this journey right along with you. My goal is to live my tagline – every day. And, no,…

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If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed a bit of a theme. Two weeks ago, I wrote about my penchant for asking “why” and how this sometimes leads me to (respectfully) challenge authority – or at least the status quo. Last week, I took this theme a bit further, discussing civil disobedience, which takes “challenging authority”…

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My family and I recently returned from an amazing overseas visit to Frankfurt – to attend the wedding of one of our (host) daughters – and Vienna – to visit with another. During our time in Austria, we took a day trip to the Mauthausen concentration camp, two hours west of Vienna. The atrocities that took place at Mauthausen…

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One of my favorite questions is “Why?” Unfortunately, people don’t really like that question. Educators are not supposed to ask “why”…they are just supposed to DO. Bosses don’t like, “why,” either. Believe it or not, they find it confrontational. Husbands are frequently annoyed by “why.” Especially when there is no easy answer (sorry, Bill). In this world, people who…

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