personal stories

22 Years

October 14, 2019

22 years in business on October 1. Even as I typed that, it is hard to believe. Where did the time go?  Well, let’s see. I finished book #42 yesterday and books #43 and #44 will hopefully be finished before the end of the month. All books have been sold internationally – that is so […]

Domestic Violence

July 15, 2019

“I have to get my head in the game,” I think. My desk is full of work and deadlines, and I am recording a podcast this afternoon. But my heart and my head cannot wrap around the shocking news I heard yesterday. A high school friend was shot and killed by her husband early yesterday […]

The Art of Playfulness

January 7, 2019

Playfulness– something we tend to lose if we take life and all the entanglements too seriously. My dad modeled  playfulness to me at a very early age. He was a home builder, known for if you couldn’t get a hold of him (on the weekend, waiting for inspections, or just because it seemed like a […]

Passionate Students Provide Christmas Toys

December 18, 2018

The time around Thanksgiving is maddening for college students. They are on the homeward stretch to finishing the semester, know which classes they stand borderline on a grade they do not want and are writing at all hours of the night to finish yet another paper to turn in the next day. Some have jobs […]

That Big Red Kettle

December 10, 2018

One college Christmas break many years ago, I rang a bell for the Salvation Army kettle in North Dallas. It still seems like yesterday. Unfortunately, the weather those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were “typical Texas” – 80 degrees one day, 20 degrees the next.  One of those bell ringing days was a bitter snowy […]

“Alexa, Stop Music.”

December 3, 2018

“Alexa, stop music.”   For some reason after I gave this command, it stopped me as I was walking down the hall. Music has played a big part in my life and my family. And the variety of music is quite extensive. I cannot imagine my life without music. The activity often dictates the music […]

Voting. It matters.

November 5, 2018

Voting – It is our fundamental right and responsibility as an American citizen. From an early age, it was pounded into my head that voting is both a fundamental right and civic responsibility. Our dining table was more often than not a center for political discussions. Though my parents were traditionally Republicans, we were taught to […]

How One Bold Note Sparked Healing On A Post 9/11 Plane

September 10, 2018

September 11.  We can all touch the emotions of how we felt watching terrorist attacks unfold.  Some of you may have lost loved ones, some may have taken a long time to feel “safe” again, and some may have experienced a crisis as a result.  As someone who flies a lot, and whose airline of choice […]