An Anniversary . . . of Sorts

Today is an anniversary for me: exactly one year ago today I lost my full-time job, laid off from a position I was successful at and loved. The last twelve months have been both rewarding and rough. As you can imagine it’s not easy for my husband and me to make ends...

Virtually Known

I read a great piece today written by Michael Waters about the validity of online friendships. He said, “In the five years that I’ve been active online, I have never viewed the Internet as an alternative to my in-person world, but rather as an extension of it.”...

Birthdays

I vividly remember walking into church on my 30th birthday and having an older—and much wiser—friend ask me how I was doing. I looked her in the eye and said, “It’s my 30th birthday.” She held my gaze for a few seconds then held out her arms and said, “Oh, I’m so...

How Will You Be Remembered?

I went to a memorial service today for the former husband of a dear friend I’ve known for about 20 years now. His death came as a shock to everyone, especially one of his daughters who will be married in just a few weeks. As I sat in the church and listened to his...

Searching . . . and Finding

A few months into last year I made the difficult decision to leave a great job, feeling it was time for a change professionally. I spent most of the spring and summer volunteering with four different organizations and came away from these feeling rested, renewed and...

New Year, New Habits

I tend to resist going along just to get along. I typically need a solid reason for pursuing something and so I’m not comfortable doing something just because someone else says too, or to follow the herd, so to speak. This probably sounds rebellious, though for me...