Everyone loves a comeback


Sometimes, you just need to see with your own eyes and feel the impossible win.

the truth about welfare

The distance between poverty and "self-sufficiency" is a no-man's land. It's two steps forward, three back. And there are more enticing reasons to hang on to the help when you can get it than to kill yourself to stand on your own two feet.

dear mom who feels the darkness

May Your unfailing love be with us Lord, even as we put our hope in You. Psalm 33:22

hope from a season of despair

On Thursday night I sat at a round table with co-workers and friends in an enormous room, dining on filet mignon and jumbo prawns, and witnessed contagious, hilarious generosity. Just the sort of evening to breathe new life into a tired writer.

the healing power of daily discipline

We're all in a season of something, we might as well live it.

pride, part two . . . or, a sampler of thoughts on arrogance

Sometimes, my "better than" comes from wounds. Maybe yours does, too.

repost: a light between here and there

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [reproduction number,LC-USF34-032090-D

the Grandma I wrote about in this post passed away today. she was an example to me of a love that endures at a time when I needed it most.

of pride and pompousness, part one

maybe love does not boast means I don't need to prove how much I deserve love

when you don’t know what to do, try love


Determination only gets so far in the day in day out. And romantic stubbornness turns cold.