Religious Freedom Day

January 16 is Religious Freedom Day. The First Amendment to the Constitution gives everyone in this country the right to worship—or not—as they choose. Today our religious freedom is at risk. We should have freedom to practice our faith in our neighborhood, schools, businesses and workplaces. If a baker is forced to bake a special … Read more

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have no personal experience with domestic violence, although one time I encountered an abuse victim and knew so little about domestic violence that I didn’t recognize the signs. Years later in retrospect I realized that the child’s actions indicated he was a victim of child abuse. I had … Read more

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. Every child deserves a family, and there are kids, especially older children, waiting for their forever home. Every family who want children should have them. It’s love—not blood—that makes a family. If you have room in your heart for a child, consider adoption. My husband and I adopted our son. … Read more

Stop Alzheimer’s

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. a day set apart by organizations around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I have been caregiver for two Alzheimer’s patients—my father and my husband—and I have seen two other family members—my grandfather when I was a preteen and an aunt when I was an … Read more

Selfishness vs. Compassion

Two seemingly unrelated incidents happened in the last few days that together made a big impact on me. I got an email from my friend Vladimir in Haiti. Vladimir, in his 20s, has been caring for his younger brother, Shelton, since they lost their parents in the earthquake of 2010. Shelton was a very young … Read more