A Night at the Basketball Court

Dear Friend, Summers as a kid were a lot different than they are now. Back then, I kept busy from dawn until dusk playing basketball, swimming in the pool, and practicing colorguard. Sitting still wasn’t in my nature. I didn’t read books often or watch more than an hour or so of tv at night.Continue reading “A Night at the Basketball Court”

How Do You Know You’ve Found The One?

Dear friend,  Have you seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower? In high school I really dug this movie, so a guy gave it to me as a gift and then used it as an excuse to ask me out. The guy was extremely sweet, yet after one date and weeks of hanging out atContinue reading “How Do You Know You’ve Found The One?”

Overcoming Anxious Thoughts

Dear Friend, In the past, I’d avoid using the copy machine if anyone was near it, because I was afraid of an awkward social interaction. I’d avoid making doctor’s appointments because I was afraid to. I’d get physically ill prior to most social outings, whether it was work or something I’ve been looking forward toContinue reading “Overcoming Anxious Thoughts”

The Lady at the Diner

Dear friend, Several years ago my sister and I were eating lunch at our local diner when we couldn’t help overhearing the conversation of the couple in the booth behind us.  They had just come from a Dr’s appointment, and the woman was told that her cancer had come back, and spread to her brain.Continue reading “The Lady at the Diner”

Accepting Differences In Opinion

Dear Paige E., I’m having a hard time these days because people have wildly different political views…if I see an opposing view it can ruin my day because I can’t stop thinking about it. I know I can’t change their opinion, so how do I stop wasting energy on this?  -Anonymous Dear A, When facedContinue reading “Accepting Differences In Opinion”

The Plumcot Tree

Dear Friend, Growing up we had a plumcot tree in our backyard that never bore good fruit. Every summer I’d approach it hoping that this year would finally be the year. Upon finding the fruit shriveled and inedible I’d leave disappointed, assuming there was something wrong with the tree.  It wasn’t until I grew upContinue reading “The Plumcot Tree”

Choosing to Let Love In (My Journey)

Dear Friend, The truth is, until recently my love life was a closed door. I didn’t let people know about it, and I didn’t let romantic love in. I dated or was in the talking-stages with all sorts of guys…some were extremely nice, and would’ve made decent boyfriends. The ones who I went out withContinue reading “Choosing to Let Love In (My Journey)”

The Chili in the Passenger Seat

Dear Friend, Have I ever told you the story of the chili in the passenger seat? A few years ago I was on my way to my friend’s apartment for a Halloween party, and I decided to make chili. It turned out amazing but here’s the problem. I didn’t consider how difficult it would beContinue reading “The Chili in the Passenger Seat”