Why Tell Our Stories?

Breckenridge Statues

“How’s your book going?” an acquaintance asked this week.  She occasionally reads my blog, and when I see her, we always take an interest in one another’s lives and children, though we see each other infrequently.

I updated her and told her that if I’m fortunate enough to be published, I hope to be able to use my voice to help change the social dialogue, even if I can only do it for a small audience.  I commented that I’m encouraged that voices are starting to crop up here and there that speak to a kinder world—people who want to join with others who are tired of the ideologues at both ends of the political spectrum, people who desperately want to meet in the middle to work on leaving a better world to our children.

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How Much is Enough?

Rainy Duck

Rain falling, wind blowing, I enjoy a morning of sitting in a condo at one of the highest points in Duck, North Carolina.  Almost eleven years ago, in the face of my aggressive cancer that forced my husband and me to reevaluate our plans for the future, we made one of the boldest decisions we’ve ever made:  We decided to freeze the amount of money we were saving for retirement and invest in something we could enjoy no matter what the future held.  It hasn’t proven to be the wisest of financial investments, but it has definitely been an investment in our souls.  We’ve learned to love May and October most of all, when the weather is warm, but the beach is peaceful and the sunsets are stunning.

This morning I looked out toward the ocean, a quarter of a mile from our second floor condo, and thought about a news article in the Washington Postthis week, titled, “Collapse of Antarctic ice sheet is underway and unstoppable but will take centuries.”  Continue reading How Much is Enough?

Wishing Your Life Away?


“I’m never coming back here after college.  I can’t wait to get out of this town.”

It’s a familiar refrain at this time of year, as seniors begin to prepare themselves mentally for life after high school, and one that I, too, voiced when I was a senior.

“Be careful of wishing your life away,” Mom responded patiently, never hinting that I might have hurt her feelings in my eagerness to flee her home and the tiny town where I grew up.

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Is the Supreme Court Just?

Supreme Court

We Americans are nothing if not predictable.  When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the Constitution allows for prayer at government meetings, the vote of the justices was unremarkable, as were the responses of our citizens.  Conservatives cheered and liberals decried the decision.  Some of my friends on both sides of the aisle reacted with passion and thunder.  Others stayed completely silent, in keeping with their vow never to discuss religion and politics in polite company.  I could have predicted their reactions with almost flawless accuracy.

The headline on the home page of the Washington Post disappeared within hours, replaced by more sensational news.  Continue reading Is the Supreme Court Just?