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A Letter to a Teenage Niece

A Letter to a Teenage Niece

My teenage niece is growing up faster than I’d like to realize. Kids: one minute they’re six, the next minute they’re driving and dating and rolling their eyes—in a bad way. My oldest niece turned 14 last month. She’s beautiful, tall, innocent, sweet and thoughtful. It’s […]

6 Tips for Family History Interviews

6 Tips for Family History Interviews

Only recently am I coming to understand and recognize my passion for family history. Growing up, it was not uncommon for unofficial family reunions of 100 Dortches to descend upon a central homestead several times a year. We love a good gathering. As the older […]

For Singles: Increasing Your Variables

For Singles: Increasing Your Variables

Several years ago, before marriage and after a particularly poignant conversation with my then-roommate, I realized how tired I was of complaining about there not being anyone in my life to date or hang out with. Stopping the complaining was one action to take, but […]

Have You Prayed a Dangerous Prayer Recently?

Have You Prayed a Dangerous Prayer Recently?

Many of us have seen the posts, written the posts, or shared the posts on our social networks—a bold, dangerous prayer asking God for renewal, asking for restoration, asking for change, asking for God’s will, asking for growth, asking for patience. Outward cries to a […]

How to Capture Family History: The Questions

How to Capture Family History: The Questions

My family history is rich with unique stories about triumphs, hardships, spectacles, debacles, joys and heartbreaks. Though I’ve heard the stories time and again and can recite most of the main points, I know it’s important to capture family history stories as directly from the source as […]

Treat Yourself and Save Money!

Treat Yourself and Save Money!

Every job comes with perks—maybe it’s status, money-saving discounts, training in unique skills, or introductions to prominent people in an industry. Some of the most fun perks I received were from a part-time mall job at Aveda. And these perks helped me save money! Along […]

Allowing My Inner Rebel to Embrace My Father’s Prophecy

Allowing My Inner Rebel to Embrace My Father’s Prophecy

As a child, my inner rebel cringed when my father would tell me that I’d make a good proofreader or editor. After years of working in his print shop throughout my childhood and teenage years, I thought I wanted to get as far away from […]

5 Tips for Clearing out the Clutter

About once a quarter, I bite the bullet and clear out some clutter, get some things organized, and give some stuff away. Being a sentimental person, sometimes it’s hard to let go of things that may have belonged to a loved one who has passed […]

Be Your Own Prince Charming

Have you heard of Prince Charming Syndrome (PCS)? It’s when we get caught up in wishing and dreaming that someone or something is going to come along and save us. During my daily trek through Atlanta traffic this past week, I was listening to podcast […]

6 Books That Changed the Way I Think About Relationships, God and Myself

Since I first laid eyes on a copy of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion, I’ve been enamored with reading. My mother would take my brothers and me to the library in the heart of downtown Douglasville, Georgia, and we would pick out three or four […]