Remember when people from around the world collaborated together on a massive quilt that completely covered The Mall in Washington DC? Remember when future Hall-of-Fame Basketball great, Magic Johnson, shocked the world by retiring early and revealing he was HIV-positive? For those of us that are considered Millenials (or Generation Y if you prefer), we’ve lived through a transformation. Arguably, one of the greatest societal shifts in perceptions and attitudes.
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Thanksgiving Day is coming. And I’m going through a list of what I’m thankful for in my life. God has blessed me with a great job, home, friends, family and pets! I’ve got so much to be thankful for in my life. Even so, now and again, I get the blues about my life. I [...]
I’ve spent the past two nights reading to my niece from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones (with captivating illustrations by Jago). I am so glad to be reading her a book about God that says so much more than,“Don’t be a bad girl;” or “Be a good girl.” While abstract concepts [...]
I am big on names with meaning—names that root us in some kind of history or hope. They have a beauty all their own. Every part of my name has one or two tie-ins to my family history. And I was deeply blessed to have my middle name—Clare—passed on to my amazing little niece—Mariclare. This [...]
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – a day each of us can think about steps we can take to end abuse. According to numbers recently released by the Untied Nations (U.N.), one of the many ways women endure violence is modern-day slavery. The U.N. estimates that today [...]
Just over two years ago I found myself facing every parent’s worst nightmare. My 15-month-old son suddenly began showing some very strange symptoms. He suddenly was not able to walk on one of his legs. After feeling it all over and realizing he did not seem to be in any type of pain I decided [...]
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I’m in the Dominican Republic this week, where I have the incredible privilege of joining my Food for the Hungry (FH) colleagues from all over Latin America as we work together to learn how to build a new model of programming in our field countries. We call it “Child-Focused Community Transformation” (CFCT), which is FH’s “essentials” [...]
Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.
Slang in America Chick. Gal. Dame. Babe. Diva. Girly. Lass. Mama. Ma’am. Lady. Woman. Female. You’ve probably heard one or many of these words in your lifetime. And upon hearing one of these words and without being told, I’m guessing you immediately thought of a specific gender. It’s incredible to think about the linguistic cultural [...]
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