Eight years ago, I unexpectedly received an email from a total stranger. Sort of. Her name was Laura Mayes, and while she and I were familiar with each others’ blogs, we’d never actually met or spoken in person. My family and I were returning to the United States after two...
Like many introverts, I am drawn to one-on-one conversations and wary of group activities. I’ve been known to hide during office birthday parties. At a friend’s book launch, I was so overwhelmed by the noise and bustle of 50 people in a bar that I bought the book, spent two...
Female Genital Mutilation,
Female Genital Mutilation Summer,
There is nothing relaxing about summer if you’re a girl at risk for female genital mutilation. When school lets out, countries that still practice FGM increase the number of procedures they perform so that the girls have enough time to “heal” before vacation ends, CNN reported. And in...
Moments Not Milestones,
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features a narrated passage from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "You give but little when...
Back when I was single and child-free, I was passionate about live music. Rarely a weekend passed without my visiting a smoky bar, listening to great rock, R&B, blues, or funk. I grew close with many local musicians; one in particular intrigued me. Leland was a gifted guitarist, and he...