Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 02_Facing_change_and_trimming_trees

    Facing change and trimming trees

    The tree trimmers finally showed up. I’d been nervously waiting for them, both looking forward to them pruning my trees and also terrified of what the outcome might be. I’d known for a long time that the trees needed to be trimmed, but a part of me loved the wild “jungle” growth, and I’d waited […]

  • 04_The_end_of_her_part

    The end of her part

    Vanessa waved at me as the doors shut, and I watched the train whisk away a friendship of six years. Vanessa and I had met in junior high school, and our common interest in writing stories and shared taste in novels had started an unbreakable friendship that had lasted through all the highs and lows […]

  • 05_The_gift_of_lack

    The gift of lack

    Last year was a rough one. Not terrible, just trying. Our family faced lots of challenges regarding work, health, and finances, and I’ve been hoping that things will be easier this year. But let me tell you about what God is teaching me right now, because there are some wonderful things that I have gained […]

  • 06_Flirting_with_failure

    Flirting with failure

    As the sun was setting, I walked briskly toward the bus station after a tiring day at work. I knew from experience that the city bus didn’t come by that often, and I didn’t want to miss it. A teenager sporting fashionable Oakley sunglasses, a plush black suit, and a haircut with designed grooves shaved […]

  • 07_Give_change_a_bear_hug

    Give change a bear hug

    A friend of mine told me this bit of friendly advice in an effort to encourage me to welcome some new changes in my life. My wife and I had been living in the Middle East for some seven years, and it had been a great chapter of our lives, but we were finding ourselves […]

  • 08_mylife_mychoices_myfuture

    My life. My choices. My future

    You’ve probably heard some of these familiar sayings: The world is your oyster. There are no limits. The word impossible is not in my vocabulary. Never give up. If you can dream it, you can do it. The best way to know the future is to invent it. Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. […]

  • 09_Looking_goofy

    Looking goofy

    A good friend of mine decided to take up tennis. She bought all the gear, scheduled her first lesson, and headed off to the tennis courts. When she got there, though, she was immediately aware that there were other people around. There were kids in the playground, people walking their dogs, and a group of […]

  • 02-A-friendship-encounter

    A friendship encounter

    My day invariably begins with taking my jet-black poodle for her morning walk, an activity which is high on her list of priorities. We have a regular route which takes us about 10 minutes to complete. Just as we’re setting out on this warm July morning, I remember that we’re out of oranges, so I […]

  • 04-Getting-to-know-jesus

    Getting to know Jesus

    I grew up in a Christian family, but when I was a teenager, feeling overwhelmed over the world’s problems caused me to start doubting my faith. When I was 18, though, my boyfriend was a firm believer. We had some discussions on faith, and he was so sincere that I started doubting my doubts. One […]

  • 05-a-climb-that-heals

    A climb that healed

    “If we can climb this mountain, there’s nothing we can’t overcome together!” I remember my dad struggling to smile and look hopeful as he pointed toward a rocky mountain about 100 feet from the highway. I was 13, and my dad, my older brother, and I were driving through the scorching rocky deserts of Mexico […]

  • 06-The-seasons-of-life

    The seasons of life

    Our theatre group regularly performs a dynamic skit based on a monologue from the Shakespeare play As You Like It, where he summarizes the seasons of our lives in seven stages: the crying baby, the reluctant schoolboy, the pining lover, the fierce soldier, the wise judge, the old man, and finally death. Shakespeare ends it […]

  • 07-Pursuit-of-passions

    Pursuit of passions

    I love working out, and I also love food! Cooking a great meal makes me incredibly fulfilled and happy, and I’ve often read cookbooks like they were novels. So, knowing how passionate I am about food and fitness, and seeing all the workout videos and amazing recipes I share on social media, you might imagine […]