A woman hurried into my house for a workshop one afternoon and promptly announced that she wanted to show me something. She approached with a small stack of photos in her hand. When I was 7 years old, I found these photos in the trash. My parents had gotten divorced, and my mom decided she didn’t want these anymore. They were wedding photos. Photos from the trash. But I decided that … [Read more...] about Photos from the Trash: One Goal for Today
I grew up eating fried food. Fried flounder and shrimp, fried chicken, French fries, fried hush puppies, you name it. In the South, we like to deep-fry stuff. But while my grandmother used that method sometimes, I rarely have cooked that way at home, and now I even forego the “heart healthy” extra-virgin olive oil whenever possible. I also try not to eat fried foods when at a restaurant. (It … [Read more...] about Cooking Oils: Just Say No
Dear Poppin, It’s over. Since childhood, I’ve had a crush on you, and I always will love your big, blue eyes. You make lots of dough and share it happily with everyone. Most people appreciate the sweetness you bring to a room. They don’t care that your laughter is canned. Nothin’ says Lovin’ like something from the oven, you kept crooning. I believed you. Oh, how I … [Read more...] about The Doughboy and Me: It’s Complicated
If you're going to send us a photo Christmas card this year, I hope you make sure you're in it. We do love seeing your perfect children and grandchildren, and we hope you enjoy seeing our perfect children too. And that vista overlooking Barcelona on your 25th anniversary is lovely. But without you in the picture, too, the card simply doesn’t mean as much to us. Remember walking the high … [Read more...] about Your Photo Christmas Card Must Include This
We may wish for the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, family smiling and laughing joyfully as they surround a table with a big ol’ turkey. But let’s be real. Someone will say something provocative. And then someone replies in anger. Old slights resurface. New ones leave a fresh cut. Tensions run high when people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together come together for an … [Read more...] about Keys to Surviving and Thriving in the Holidays
You won’t be vulnerable today. Me, neither. We all want to belong. The ways we can do that now are vast, particularly when we consider our online communities. But belonging is different than finding true connection. Belonging is being part of the running club, the worship team, the school improvement team, the neighborhood BUNCO group. But True Connection, which often begins … [Read more...] about Will You Be Vulnerable Today?