Showing Up

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time." Bréne Brown Near midnight December 10th, a powerful tornado tore through an area of Western Kentucky, destroying homes a quarter-mile from where my childhood friend Michele’s mom lives. With sudden, devastating loss like this, our natural inclination is to help,... Continue Reading →

Helping Others & Ourselves

When my sister and I were growing up, our mom strongly encouraged us to get involved in causes and communities that were meaningful to us. For my mom, helping others was important, but she also knew that the act of giving results in many clear benefits for the giver as well. My mom's views on... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

I recently saw a meme that read "Happy 2020too." We so eagerly toasted the end of 2020, yet 2021 ushered in more pandemic-related restrictions, and for many of us, more loss. As we start 2022, we hope that you, like us, are finding reasons to be grateful. First and foremost, the lingering impact of the... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays!

Regardless of your holiday tradition, the end of the year always feels like a festive time. Most people are in pretty good spirits, the decorations are abundant and the holiday lights during the short days of sunlight are inspiring. Even so, not everyone loves the holidays, and Covid times have certainly added to a general... Continue Reading →

Sharing the Joy

One of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is the giving spirit, with a massive number of Americans opening their hearts and their wallets to help others this time of year. An estimated one-third of all charitable giving in the United States happens during the month of December and more than 10% occurs within... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving has long been one of my favorite holidays. This year’s was especially meaningful, spent with extended family and friends near Washington, DC., after the small gatherings of 2020 when air travel was highly discouraged. This Thanksgiving I was reminded of my many blessings. As Thanksgiving weekend is fleeting, we’d like to share some of... Continue Reading →

Good Juju

November is chock full of birthdays for me and Julia. In addition to our own birthdays, two of our sons’ birthdays and our social media guru Frannie’s birthday, we are remembering our friend Judy Thomas Stacy’s birthday. Most people probably remember a family like Julia and I remember the Thomas family from growing up. They... Continue Reading →

Our Story: Part 4

"Don't just count your years, make your years count." - George Meredith I found myself back in Kentucky for the holidays in December 1992 after nearly a year living in Germany. While it was nice to enjoy the comforts of home, eat mall food and be served free glasses of water in restaurants, I was... Continue Reading →

Gifts for Friends

No matter what your holiday traditions are, most people end up wracking their brains to come up with meaningful gift ideas for the special people in their lives around this time of year. Not to fear! The Language of Friendship has your back. Take a look at these suggestions and see if any of them... Continue Reading →

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