Driving Lessons

Throw ‘Em a Curve

Originally published August 29, 2014: I was 17 when my father put me behind the wheel of our family car and directed me toward Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. My drivers license was barely cool from the laminater after learning to navigate the rural roads near our home in north central Arkansas, but Dad…

forgiveness

A Watch that Mends, in Time

Originally published August 8, 2014: A few weeks ago, I heard of a young woman about to take some time away for her wedding and honeymoon. Humorously, those of us in the conversation tried to talk her out of it, reminding her that she can just date, and the need to make things permanent with…

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence

Silence May Need No Improvement

Originally published July 11 2014:  Have you ever felt like you haven’t been heard? Perhaps your conversation companion listened to your voice but did not truly hear your words. You can see it happening — you speak and see the darting and unfocused eyes of your companion as they formulate a reply before listening to…

Gift of the Lopsided Tree

About once a year, I have to tame the area in and around my recipe box. The wooden box sits on the baker’s rack, out of the way, and periodically becomes so stuffed with recipes torn from magazines and scrawled on papers, they spill out to stacks atop and beside the box that should house…

100 Days of Purpose

Imagine this:  You are given a chance to have that thing you have always wanted, but it will cost you.  You hem and haw, kick your feet, and finally ask, “How much?” An otherworldly voice says, “Less than $1.” Suddenly, you perk up. You stand up straight and yell, “I’m in! Here’s my dollar!” Could it…

Everyday Adventures

Secrets to the Everyday Adventure

A road trip across the American West. Exploring Iceland.  Relaxing on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Each of these are easily classified as adventures, but discovering a lifetime of adventures does not require plane tickets or a passport. The secret to the everyday adventure is to start with your own backyard. Yes, Dorothy, if you…