U of M: Education in Honor
on May 28th, 2018
I’ve often been asked how I “do it” with a husband who is away from home so much for work; how do I manage everyday life as a working mother to a young son, with virtually no family members living in our vicinity who could lend a hand if need be. I would just as often answer with the analogy of a military family, whose life circumstances I considered very similar: when one parent is required to le...
Stone of Hope
on October 5th, 2017
I sat on my bedroom floor and cried, wishing that the world would just pause so that I could catch my breath before having to face it again. This was after my friend and neighbor assured me there is much more good in the world than not, and after I read Psalm 30, desperately seeking confirmation of her words: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning…” I wasn’t sure how any j...
The New Memphis
on October 22nd, 2015
For the first time this past Sunday we visited Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. My son got a bit timid when it came time to walk up the aisle with the other children en route to Children’s Church. To no avail I tried to convince him that there was nothing to fear; then the gentleman who had greeted us at the door walked over. He held his hand out and said to Luke, “Come. I’ll walk wit...
When To Quit
on September 16th, 2015
Maybe the best time to quit is when late-payment notices outnumber the “Thank you for your payment” slips. Or when those whom you hold in highest esteem repeatedly ask that you please consider getting a real job and start pursuing a career worthwhile. Perhaps the best time to quit is when you’ve grown tired of fear lurking over your shoulders: Fear of never achieving the success for which you ha...
on September 10th, 2015
While working out this morning Beyoncé’s song “Irreplaceable” came on. I always think about my friend Tonia when it plays because this is the last song to which she and I danced. With our arms raised and index fingers pointed high in the air, we swayed back and forth on the side of the road at Smith’s Point Fish Fry in Freeport, Bahamas. “You must not know ‘bout me, you must not know ‘bout me,” w...
on March 16th, 2014
Sometimes I weep. It used to be a source of shame for me until two words finally helped me conquer that self-condemnation. Jesus Wept. I weep because my best friend has to beat this cancer. There are a few things we’ve put on OUR Bucket List over the past twenty years that haven’t yet materialized. I am certain we are supposed to see Hillsong perform live in Australia before we’re too old to look ...
Letter of Apology
on December 14th, 2013
Dear Moms,Apologies sometimes don’t come easy for me so please forgive that it has taken me this long.I’m sorry for being that person who looked at you with the Eyes of Fire when I saw you sitting with your baby in the airport terminal, awaiting our flight. While chatting away on my mobile phone the pleasant, laughter-filled conversation was interjected with the bitter “Ugh, I hope that woman and ...
The Facebook Place
on August 20th, 2013
It is a place where people can add you to their lives as friends without really being your friend. The neighbor who rarely speaks to you can be vocal in your life by clicking the Like button- or not. It is a mecca for those who have mastered the art of being passive-aggressive: their status updates filled with reprimand for The Person Who Shall Remain Unnamed. Photos and posts are made Public so...
A Man's Character
on December 11th, 2012
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”~John Wooden, legendary basketball player and coachMy son’s vocabulary has increased dramatically in the past few months and he has begun to repeat much of what he hears me say. One of the phrases he’s picked up is “go, go, go, go, go.” The first time he said it, we were heading out the door on our way to school. I laughe...
First Thing's First
on September 10th, 2012
At the end of the day, first thing’s first. Before I begin working on the new assignment - deadline tomorrow, I read a bedtime story to my son. Tonight, his book of choice: Dinosaur Roar. Before I dissect the article - written two days ago, I lay my son in his bed and pull the blanket over his little legs. His blanket of choice: Cars, set against a blue backdrop. Before I attempt to fuse toge...
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
on August 23rd, 2012
“Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” was a hugely popular disco song released in 1983 by the group Indeep. Many years and many remakes later every time I hear it I still sing and dance along to the infectious tune. The music and its lively beat always held my attention more than the words themselves- but that flip-flopped last night.Because last night, a DJ saved my life from a broken heart.That DJ wa...
At the Lorraine.
on July 26th, 2012
In the end, he paid with his life so that my son's life could be better....