Lending a Hand

One day in 1977 when my family was living in Arlington, Virginia, we helped our church community resettle a refugee family from Southeast Asia to the United States. My older sister Monica recently recalled: “There were so many kids in such a small apartment. It made a huge impression on me, about giving." We both remember... Continue Reading →

🎵Songs of Friendship

Every time I happen to hear any one of the 14 songs on The Cars' self-titled debut album, I am emotionally transported back several decades into my friend Alex's car. I rode shotgun next to Alex nearly every day for three years on our way to and from high school, with The Cars cassette loaded... Continue Reading →

The Language of Flowers

“Plant the garden of your life with friendship’s lovely flowers.”Unknown Spending my childhood in Virginia and Kentucky, I grew to love the many beautiful flowers and trees in my yards. Our house in Arlington was lined with colorful azalea bushes, and I found comfort in the dogwood and magnolia trees with their trusty blooms each... Continue Reading →

Playing it Forward

Looking back on the trajectory of girls’ participation in sports this Women’s History Month, we are amazed at how things have changed since Title IX was enacted 50 years ago. Sara shared in an earlier post that we were part of the first girls’ soccer team at our high school back in the 1980s, when... Continue Reading →

Female Entrepreneurs

In the spirit of Women's History Month, we have decided to profile a few female entrepreneurs we admire, and who are already making history with the new products and services they offer that transform how people work, shop and even breastfeed! Mamava's mission to transform the way our society views breastfeeding has become a reality... Continue Reading →

📚BHM Reading List

As Black History Month winds down, LOF would like to share a few of the many books by black authors we recommend reading. Narrowing the list to five was challenging, but we figured an exhaustive list would take forever to compile, so here is a small sample of books we have loved and learned from... Continue Reading →

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 →

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