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Three years ago, on International Women’s Day, I was standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro raising money for sisters who live in the three most dangerous places in the world. This was no ordinary trip for me. We began in Rwanda, then crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, an active war [...]

The heart-shaped stone teetered precariously at the top of the pile as my brother’s hand hovered over it, willing it to stay on top. Scattered across a 50-yard section of beach were stacks upon stacks of rock columns. At first we thought the display the work of an artist, and stood back and admired. But [...]

    It was bridge night and Grandma’s lucky streak continued.  She was known for it at the Bingo Hall, too.  ‘Lucky Gertie’  they would call her. Talk mingled with shuffles and deals. ‘We’ve got some property we’re selling at Priest Lake.’ One of her bridge partners chimed. ‘How much?’ Grandma asked. ‘ 5,000 dollars [...]

There was a time when my youngest son couldn’t see beyond 10 inches in front of his face. Day after day we would practice flash cards. I would hold up “F,” he would tell me it was an “A.” I would hold up “D-D-D dinosaur” he would say, “O-O-O octopus.” The more we practiced, the more he guessed. [...]

My hands run across her bible. Each highlighted verse a treasure. Just holding it connects me to her soul. The room is tiny. So much life lived, and this is all that remains?  A blanket knit with expert hands. Her favorite chair. Shoes custom made for her worn feet. Pictures of family. And her Bible. [...]

Family camp is the next stop on the summer itinerary. Every single one of us can’t wait. For me it means no cooking, cleaning, or organizing. Everything is planned for me – a huge break. Rappelling, zip-lining, night ultimate frisbee, and paddle boarding are all on the agenda. But beyond that, family camp is a [...]

  The round table creaked as Grandma folded the mayonnaise into the potato salad.  It was her specialty and the 4th of July would not happen without it.  The smell of burnt sparklers wafted over the lake water.  Mom and several others harmonized by the blazing fire, while Dad roasted marshmallows and bellowed out of [...]

Sixteen is one of those birthdays that marks a significant milestone.  It’s an onramp to new freedom and choices with the introduction of the driver’s license.  For some, it is also the big transition into the dating world. For all, though, it is a mental marker that this once-child is growing up and is close [...]

For as long as I can remember, my sister has loved the color purple. She wears purple sweaters, purple lipstick, purple boots. She even had her bridesmaids wear ruffled purple satin gowns in 1992 (a classic look no doubt). Luckily for me, I got to wear the only HOT PINK satin gown as the maid [...]

Teens + birthdays can be difficult.  They are too old for the usual party fare, yet they still want to do something to celebrate.  As I wracked my brain to think of something for my daughter’s 14th this year, I asked myself, “what do they love to do when they get together?”  HAIR!  I called [...]

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