Most of my life, I’ve lived near beautiful palm trees. I grew up in California, and I currently live in Nevada. The hot Nevada desert is scenically dry and barren, but palm trees live in denial of the intense heat or seasonal changes. During heavy rains, winds, or drought, palms trees stand upright while they wait for better days with
Have you ever had mixed feelings about money? To be honest, listening to sermons about giving used to be tiresome. I wanted to give but often had limited resources. Churches routinely offered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University as a Bible study option. I guess I wasn’t alone. Money, however, is still the elephant in the room. Many people believe in faithful
When I was a little girl, I loved to hear Dad share his Amazon adventures. He was part of an oil-prospecting team in the 1940’s. The oil company sent men to live among hostile headhunters for six-months—Dad stayed for two years. “It was beautiful,” he began. “I saw a black orchid—magnificent. The Boa snakes, Piranhas, and Malaria, made the adventure
When my twenty-five-year-old son drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for an overdue visit, I was ecstatic. In our family, he’s the professional photographer and the aspiring filmmaker. We love to chat about artsy projects. The weekend visit was too short, but I had one last chance to “mother” him before he left. “Would you like a snack for the
I interviewed for an online event that offers free training for writers and speakers. Interviews are exciting, but they can be intimidating. You never know if a question will leave you speechless; yet, questions are helpful. They provide clarity and offer information. Questions can provoke new thoughts. Questions help us develop the gift of speech. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
“Nana, sit down! You play with me?” When a three-year-old asks you to join the Anna, Elsa, and Olaf plush community, can anyone refuse? If you’re sick of Frozen, “Let it go!” Kids are still captivated by the music and funny antics of one loveable, sun-seeking snowman, Olaf. I stood and listened to Audrey’s toddler vocabulary, it was choppy (no
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