The eulogy for my mother — but, more important, why the final “shade of death” from Alzheimer’s is joyous for believers in Jesus. Continue reading The Final Shade of Death: She Doesn’t Have Alzheimer’s Anymore!
When you lose someone by Alzheimer’s, you lose her progressively. Both you and the one you love experience shades of death. Continue reading Shades of Death: When You Lose a Loved One to Alzheimer’s Disease
It’s difficult to return to a favorite spot you’d always shared with someone you loved but is gone. But this year we returned to the river — and the missing was good. Continue reading We Returned to the River Without Him and It Hurt So Good
As the high school English teacher, I lead seniors through their Capstone Projects, a graduation requirement. But their achievement makes me see myself in a different light. Continue reading Their Chance to Shine Was This Teacher’s Time to Grade Myself
She was someone I’d gotten to know in my online classes. We finally met in person, and it reminded me how much we can look forward to seeing God one day. Continue reading When We Finally Met Face to Face, It Was a Little Piece of Heaven
The definition of winning is much broader than the number on a visible or unseen scoreboard. What’s more, Charlie Sheen is NOT the epitome of the term Continue reading This Is How to Be a Winner Even When You Lose
Sometimes the moments we steal from work or all those “shoulds” and “to dos” cluttering our minds are the best splurges of all. Continue reading When You Have the Urge, This Is the Best Splurge of All
The blogger explores the role fashion played in the death of Trayvon Martin, a teen wearing a hoodie shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman in March 2012. Continue reading Hoodie = hoodlum?
Sometimes truth doesn’t need to be spoken in the moment. Maybe it needs to be spoken after the moment — and my anger or frustration — has passed. Continue reading Is Honesty or Timely Honesty the Best Policy?
My Freaky Friday involves a series of unfortunate events during which two varsity baseball teams exchange playing skills. That was just the beginning of crazy. Continue reading Freaky Friday…
To calm me and them, I began the class with prayer, and I’m pretty sure God took over from there. Continue reading Despite My Best Efforts, I Wasn’t Prepared for This
It’s as if my inner self is rebelling against the busyness and the demands of life–that, by the way, haven’t … Continue reading STuCK…
I’ve always been challenged to “say what I mean and mean what I say,” but, clearly, I am not living … Continue reading Not so “over it”…
My first thought? “Lalla, you’re killing me!” Two weeks of being sick, preceded by my daughter’s wedding, had left me … Continue reading Competitive nature…
I think the “Little Drummer Boy” had it right. The Christmas song tells the story about a little boy who … Continue reading Deep offerings
When a teacher has laryngitis but has to teach anyway, what is she to do? This is a day in my life — with an inkling of what to do and what NOT to do! Continue reading Speechless…
So a few days ago, I got an email (not personal, mind you, at least I don’t think so…) from … Continue reading FAT enough?
They say ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed,’ but I say my friends are the ones who showed up when I had a need. This is my story. Continue reading ‘That’s what friends are for…’