In 2019 periodic blog posts will be dedicated to stories that inspire and focus on the good that surrounds us. Have you heard the story of the Biology Professor from Missouri University that won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last December and is donating the whole $250,000 prize to form a scholarship fund for students…

Well, that is a tall order so let me manage expectations.  I want to share as best I can, a basic explanation of what happened and some thoughts regarding the work done. On Tuesday the called special General Conference of the United Methodist Church ended after 4 days of prayer, vigorous debate, lots of votes,…

Many of you know that my family has been helping my mom move from her home of 50 years to a cute 2 bedroom apartment at an independent retirement community.  We’ve been making plans and arrangements for a couple of months but the actual move came much faster than we originally anticipated. So the past…

Some people don’t mind getting in a car and just driving, with no actual destination in mind, no arrival target time to hit.  Where they are going is not nearly as important as what happened along the way.  They want to know “What are we doing now?”  Others like to have a plan.  They don’t…

I’ve decided to try to use my blog in 2019 as a way of sharing signs of hope and good news so every other blog or so will be about lifting up examples I find of people doing a good thing.  Today I want to start with an interesting story I heard about the Dave…

I discovered some new Christmas songs this year that I downloaded and added to my Christmas play list.  One of them was a version of Auld Lang Syne by The Tenors.  It forced me to listen to the lyrics in ways I confess I just hadn’t before.  Part of it is I didn’t really know…

We are in that season where it feels like more hours of darkness in the day than we have of light.  Throw in a little cloudy weather and we really feel the darkness all around us literally and figuratively.   And yet, this is a season that fights that darkness with Christmas lights strung around…

I know we are all finding a minute or two this week to do a gratitude check.  But today I am feeling overwhelmingly grateful.  Today Greg and I celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary!  It feels like yesterday when we got married at First UMC Asheboro that beautiful November day.  I think that time does go…

Real conversations on topics that are difficult, or uncomfortable, or divisive are hard to have.  Avoidance is so much easier than real discussion,  Partly because we are afraid of how the conversation itself will affect our community.  Partly because we know some topics are so complex that there is no one answer that satisfies everyone,…

  I have been pondering for over a week now so many reflections resulting from the public discourse of recent current events.  Being in a new appointment and not being sure if people can separate spiritual and moral conversation from political it is tricky choosing my words.  However, being a woman listening to some of…

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