It’s a bit embarrassing, but here’s the truth: when it comes to engaging with the children I sponsor through World Vision, I am letter-writing challenged.
Of the several hats I wear, one that brings some of the greatest joy and satisfaction is as a World Vision volunteer. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families, and their communities to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. I volunteer both as a World […]
Over the last three months, I’ve given this post half-a-dozen attempts before ditching it every time. Not because I don’t think ethical shopping isn’t a good idea. I do, obviously, else wouldn’t keep coming back to it. What makes me back off is that I feel overwhelmed. By what I don’t know but feel I should. By […]
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker About this book: (from the publisher) Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition
“A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” ~ Alan Rickman For its swift ability to inform, move, and yes, even to change, few artistic forms can beat a well crafted movie. These are five that have affected me.
“When I was a boy,” iconic Fred Rogers once said, “and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Wise words to remember these days when we are seeing so very many scary things. Look for the helpers. About […]
I’ll begin with the truth, which is also a confession: this post is not what I intended. As I tried to write, for the life of me I could not wrestle my ideas into any kind or order. Plus, my day was slipping sideways for a lot of reasons besides this contrary post. And since I’ve committed to […]
When our family traveled to Africa last summer, one of my bigger fears was that we would get sick from drinking the water. Plenty of moms would worry about this. Thousands of world travelers fall prey to water-borne illness every year, after all. To protect our health, we got inoculated, carried bottled water, and avoided consuming anything […]
A few years ago our family launched the tradition of watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy over the span of these dark winter months. Beginning in January, after the hustle of the holidays are behind, we cozy up for a couple of hours at a time with our kiddos and a fire in the fireplace on a weekend evening. […]
Friends, here’s round two of our discussion this month about the tough topic of sex trafficking–important because as I noted before, it is rampant, it is evil, and children we know and love are at risk. January is national Human Trafficking Awareness month, and today I am privileged to introduce to you Alisa Jordheim, Executive Director […]