Stories Like Stars

Stories Like Stars

It was full dark when I left home. By the time I drove out of town, the world was pre-dawn grey. As the sun topped the mountains, the growing light turned the world around me full-color beautiful.  The brilliance of the sunrise fueled my hope as I drove towards...
The Game of Faith

The Game of Faith

The maze I developed for a game recently did not seem especially challenging.  To make it through, each contestant had to— 1) Step on lily pads floating on a liquid-lava-lake (which looked a lot like squares of paper towel on a carpet).   2) High step...
Cheerful (or Not)

Cheerful (or Not)

As I stood in line at the grocery, my thoughts were interrupted by the young man in front of me.  “Are you okay?” he asked. Startled, I looked up. “Yes.”  “You’ll get through it,” he said. “Whatever it is.”  I gave him a baffled look. “You just look so sad,...
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

College freshman often struggle to pick a major. I, on the other hand, was quite sure at 18 that I should study elementary education—which was ironic since I was lousy at school, had no desire to be in a classroom, and wasn’t sure I wanted to work with kids. Why in...
Serving by Saving Lives

Serving by Saving Lives

I’ve almost drowned 4 times. That 4th one was the most embarrassing because I was not only a lifeguard—but a lifeguard trainer. In my defense, there was a rip tide involved. Here’s what happened. I was at Ventura Beach, California, with some friends—many of whom were...
Making Broken Beautiful

Making Broken Beautiful

I didn’t just crack the face of my cell phone last week—I pulverized it. Actually, the brick step I dropped it on was the real culprit. At the time, I shrugged it off. Accidents happen. This is part of life on a planet with gravity.  My initial response of...

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