Mama Meditations, Volume II, is available!

I'm happy to share that Mama Meditations: Devotional Book & Gratitude Journal for Moms, Volume II, is now available on Amazon! If you prefer a signed copy, you can order directly from me (just keep in mind these copies typically take two weeks to order/sign/ship). Mama Meditations: Volume II is a devotional book and gratitude journal... Continue Reading →

Gratitude: humility for the smug

Today's post is an essay written by one of my English Composition II students, Kyle Hill, who happens to be an amazing writer and critical thinker. Kyle wrote this essay in response to a question regarding his motivation for expressing gratitude. It has been a privilege to teach Kyle, and I can't wait to see... Continue Reading →

The golden ticket essay

*One of my students, Jared Tickner, in Comp II this semester gave me permission to share this essay with all of you. This is his first essay for the semester; I read it after reading a stack of other essays that were good essays but didn't quite measure up in one way or another. Some... Continue Reading →

Change gonna come

*Thanks to Mary Agrusa, today's guest contributor, for sharing this beautiful piece with everyone.* This weekend I saw it. Looking out my living room window I got the distinct impression that fall had arrived. Perhaps the approaching storm played tricks with the refractions of the sun's rays, but the world outside was glazed in a... Continue Reading →

My mother’s Bible

*Thank you, Lorie Mink, for sharing your reflections and gratitude in this post.* While searching my closet for a pair of slippers, I came across my mother’s Bible. It’s been sitting on the shelf since we moved in the house three years ago. And I can’t remember the last time I opened it. Mama’s been... Continue Reading →

Give them their flowers

Today's beautiful post is written by Latresha Woodruff Johnson, one of the most encouraging people I know. Latresha, thank you for continually pointing me to God and reminding me that there is always hope in Him. My grandmother was named Jewel, and how fitting, because she always gave us little pearls of wisdom.  She also... Continue Reading →

The gift of a second chance

*Over the next few days, I'll be posting essays by my amazing students who wrote in response to the question, "What are three gifts--proverbial or literal--that you've been given in 2013, and why are they significant to you?" Their responses made me laugh, cry, and most of all, thank God for the opportunity to invest... Continue Reading →

One teacher makes a difference

*Big thanks to my friend Henry Petty for sharing his gratitude for his sixth grade teacher with us--and thanks to all educators who make a difference in the lives of students today. Stay tuned for other "back to school" posts.* I can count on one hand the number of teachers who really inspired me and left... Continue Reading →

Powerless

*Special thanks to my friend Debra Dickey for sharing her insights in today's post.* This is when we are lured to give up.  This is the time we want to quit.  This is the feeling that leads to defeat and sadness.  This is when our prayers become cries of despair.  This is the time we... Continue Reading →

Bad to the bone

My poor stepdad. I know he loves my mom. Why else would you willingly marry a woman with FOUR little girls under the age of 12? After our cat Ralph died, my poor stepdad was the lone male ranger in the ongoing and increasing estrogen fest. Even our dog, Watson, was a female (and yes,... Continue Reading →

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