Day at the Beach

This is the continuation of a series of posts: "First Conversation in 30 Years" and "My Three Dads." The first week of April was rather chilly in Myrtle Beach, but we didn't go just for the beach. We left right after Easter worship services, arriving shortly after midnight. We hadn't expected to meet up with my…

First Conversation in 30 Years

This is a continuation of my post a couple weeks ago entitled "My Three Dads." I called my father in January of last year. I steadied myself to hear his "hello" (or perhaps, "hola," as he is Mexican -- I'm half) but got his voicemail instead. Even still, his prerecorded voice overcame me. I didn't leave a…

50 Miles for Charity

A couple months ago I wrote about the Tour de H2O, a charity bike ride I planned to participate in. My goal was to raise $500 as part of the group effort to construct a clean water system for a school in Kenya. I'm happy to say I met my goal, and then some. I…

Back in Business

There's a little ice cream shop in the small town where we live. There are two, actually. One, a soft-serve place that's been around for decades by the look of it. The other, which opened up last year, offers hard ice cream -- or, as some of the folks call it around here, hand-dipped. The later…

A Cruel Harvest

Having grown up in a Pentecostal church that shunned formal liturgy, then spending my early adult years at a church where the pastor, a former Baptist, shied away from anything traditional, I didn't recite the Lord's Prayer much. Even now, I couldn't say it from memory. The first few times I heard it I remember…

My Talk at Birthright

A few months ago, a lady at my church asked if I'd be willing to speak at an annual dinner/fundraiser for Birthright, which is a ministry that anonymously serves pregnant women -- and those who think they might be. She wasn't sure why she felt led by God to ask me, but she chose to…

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

In nearly every aspect of life, I tend to be well-prepared and deliberate. A thinker, I am typically slow to react, though not quite at the snail’s pace I’ve found some church committees move. In music, I’m well-rehearsed. In writing posts here, I edit multiple times before clicking “publish.” Even my clothing selections for Sunday…

Girls Uncovered

I recently read a book I recommend for every parent of a teenage girl, or if your girls will soon become teenagers. A heads up: they all do eventually. The book is called Girls Uncovered. Now hear me out. It's subtitled: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women.