A new lease on life

“That’s not fair” must have been my three most-used words when growing up. It seemed that someone—or everyone—always had it better than me. By my early teens I had a well …  »

Why watermelons are blue

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. Over the past several years, I’ve gotten considerably better at both through learni …  »

My year without clothes 

Well, not literally. I can explain. At the start of last year, I made a resolution to not purchase any new clothes or shoes that year. I had a combination of reasons for …  »

When less is more

It’s a clichéd résumé line, but I’m a goal-oriented person. For as long as I can remember, I’ve set goals, and in particular New Year’s goals, and then worked to achieve …  »

A multifaceted Savior

I’ve been thinking how Christmas traditions vary not only from country to country, but from family to family. The food In some countries, the classic main dish is a ham o …  »

The doubt side of my faith

I grew up thinking that “faith” and “doubt” were opposites. Faith was good. Doubt was bad. With that mindset even questions could be dangerous, as I figured they could le …  »


I absolutely love avocado! Along with being delightfully delicious, it is a versatile fruit. Not to mention that it’s outstandingly healthy—one of the best sources of nat …  »

Meanings and purposes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt strongly that I needed a purpose, a “mission,” a life plan. It’s both part of my natural personality type and how I was brought u …  »

A joyful work environment

On a recent day off, I spent the better part of the day at the zoo. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a zoo. Animals are fascinating and a lot of fun to observe, a …  »

Snail patrol

Today I went for a walk with the kids in the countryside surrounding the village in which we live, an area consisting of farmland, dirt paths, and small woods. The weathe …  »