Oct 5, 2014

Find Your Center

Carl Pendleton, a three-year starter for the University of Oklahoma football team, gave up his final year of eligibility. He did it to pursue graduate school and to care for his ten-year-old adopted brother, for whom he assumed guardianship. Pendleton said, "With the new responsibility of raising my younger brother,...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014


It was the 2000 Olympic trials. Two competitors prepared to face off in the taekwondo finals. The winner would represent the United States at the Sydney Olympic Games. The loser would find a seat in the stands. And the winner was a foregone conclusion. Because in the semifinals one of...Read more +
Jul 4, 2014

Best Vacation Story: The Worst (And Best) Cruise Ever

I don’t remember where I found the deal, but life had gotten a bit stressful, and it seemed like a good idea. My husband wasn’t so enthusiastic, but for me there are (almost) no bounds to bonding, and his objections gave way to assent. So in the spring of 2001,...Read more +
Jul 2, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: The Rescue

The summer of 1952 we went to Cape Cod. In all of my five years, we had never traveled so far from home. Summer vacations, up until that time, had meant a visit to see Mom's sisters and their husbands on Fishers Island. A delightful place, to be sure, but...Read more +
Jun 29, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: The Ferry Boat

The island floated alone on the horizon—a tiny blip of land cradled by miles and miles of ocean. The faint glow of the lighthouse’s lens circled around and around, blinking welcome and drawing all eyes. When the ferryboat arrived we piled in, a skiff jumbled with different faces and colors...Read more +
Jul 1, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: Vacating the Premises

Many years ago, I began a bi-monthly gathering for women just behind me in the mothering cycle, most of whom had brand new babies and maybe a toddler or two. At some point during those five years, I was asked a good question: What one thing would you recommend we...Read more +
Jun 24, 2014

Giving Your Family Leftovers

Giving Your Family Leftovers
Life is demanding, but the clock does not slow or stop. To give the most time to what is most precious—our close relationships—is the heartbeat and the power in the high calling of our daily work.Read more +
Jun 1, 2014

Social Justice at Work: When Failure Leads to Better Fit

“I really don’t want to do this,” I whispered to my husband, Brad, as he turned the minivan into the packed parking lot at the Center for People in Need. I was leery of involving our family in another service opportunity. A few months prior we’d quit delivering Meals on...Read more +
May 22, 2014

Community Post: When You're Too Tired for Sabbath

We haven’t gone to church regularly in weeks. A long winter, work schedule changes and a church move at the beginning of the year have left us in the middle. Facing a string of sabbath free weeks turned spiritual black hole. And the bounced check void I feel when acknowledging...Read more +
May 20, 2014

Community Post: The No-Laundry-on-Sunday Sabbath

It's a Friday afternoon. I wait for my mother’s arrival, and can only imagine how our lives are about to change. Years-in-the-making rhythms of daily prayers, Scripture reading, and study—as well as weekly Sabbath worship and rest—are like breathing, eating, and morning coffee. It wouldn’t be life without them. But...Read more +