Why I Tithe

I give 10% back to my community with every paycheck “We rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll “No one has ever become poor from giving.” — Maya Angelou “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop *** …Why do I tithe? I tithe because it feels good to know that some of my money each month is … Continue reading Why I Tithe

The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

What I learned from him. It was a cold spring day in New England. Cherry-tree flowers hung ripe and fluttering in the chilly breeze, and I watched the wind send their white petals blowing down the sidewalk ahead of me as I walked to my office. Gray clouds hung low and menacing overhead. “Why is it … Continue reading The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

The Smell of Fresh Mulch

In Reverence of Spring. I’m in New England it’s early May - Spring coolness, brown fuzz-dust Fairy dust garden workings - All the hedges, trees, gardens, are nourished once again with protective coverings of mulch. - A blower sounds; the landscapers are head down, working hard. - Everything looks cleaned up. - Green flowers blowing … Continue reading The Smell of Fresh Mulch

Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

“Miss Rumphius” taught me about humble acts of kindness. As I prepare to give birth to my first child — a little girl — in June, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is reading books together. I love the experience of being read aloud to. I love listening to someone else’s voice shape the words in … Continue reading Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

A Psalm written in honor of Easter: Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Author’s Note: In my “Joy Bible Study” program this semester here in Lexington, Massachusetts at Grace Chapel, we’ve been studying the Psalms in the Bible. I’m a born-again Christian, and I’ve found a lot of strength, beauty, and healing in text of the Psalms. They … Continue reading Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

Why I Use a Recorder for Personal Growth

Exercising the muscle of high self-esteem. I’m sitting in the driver’s seat on a typical weekday morning, getting ready to commute a half hour in to work. I turn the car on, hit the seat-warmer button, and take a sip of coffee. I reach into my enormous, oversized shoulder bag perched on the passenger seat … Continue reading Why I Use a Recorder for Personal Growth

Why I Observe Sabbath

What a day of rest means for one millennial woman. About a year ago, I began observing Sunday Sabbath, and it has made a big difference in how I manage stress and handle the demands of living in a fast-paced world. Taking a full day of rest has helped me to create and nurture a … Continue reading Why I Observe Sabbath