Shame on you, Shame

Shame on you, Shame. You rob us of peace, vulnerability, and courage. You lie to us, whispering that if I tell my sad tale, someone will judge me, condemn me, or worse yet–talk about me to someone else. People will share my hurtful secrets when my name comes up...

Top 20 Conversations with Middle School Boys

I use the word “conversations” in the broadest sense of the term. If you have middle school boys–I’ve had 3–a conversation denotes any verbal exchange during which the boy in question responds at least one time in a complete sentence....

Empty-nesting advice

It’s August, so my college students are leaving again. My nest is emptying. A summer of buying groceries four times a week is over. The multiple-timed breakfasts and dinners will cease. My kitchen/restaurant has closed until fall break, when I will glow again...

Five Rules of Hospitality

What is hospitality, really? Maybe it’s inviting someone to dinner, or letting a friend-of-a-friend spend the night when he’s passing through town. Does that make you feel nervous? Or maybe it’s the stuff of Pinterest and Martha Stewart–making...

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