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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 […]

Between the Dream and the Dating

Between the Dream and the Dating

Why would anyone doubt God after they’d asked for and received a vision of their future in a dream? Why would anyone return to a pit after they’d seen a vision of the mountaintop? There is no lack of reasons for why I didn’t trust […]

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 […]

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

Aging is difficult for my dad. His chin quivered as he looked at me and said, “It’s like I woke up one day and got old.” He was telling me about a recent fall he’d taken during our first 2014 snowstorm in January. Though nothing was […]

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 […]

reThink Restoration

reThink Restoration

As 2006 drew to a close, it seemed like I was coming to the end of me. The entire year seemed like a battlefield. I fought for identity after a devastating breakup. I fought for mobility as I rehabilitated a broken ankle. I fought for […]

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 […]