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

Christmas Giving Memories

Author’s Den has a special Christmas page featuring books, articles, stories, and poems about the holidays. I have shared two of my favorite memories of giving to others at Christmas. A Special Christmas Memory recounts the story of giving Christmas to battered women and their children that blessed me and my fellow givers as much or … Read more

The Big Give SA

Today is The Big Give SA. You can donate to participating charities online, and the charities have chances to win cash prizes for such things as the most unique donors in a time segment or to earn matching grants under specific conditions. I chose 10 of my favorite charities and made a small donation to … Read more

Santa Stories

Recently, I read The Red Suit Diaries: A Real-Life Santa on Hopes, Dreams, and Childlike Faith.You can read my review of the book on Goodreads. The author is a Christian who considers being Santa a mission to show God’s love to children. I loved the stories of children who had sat on his lap through … Read more

Memories of Christmas Giving

I have many wonderful memories of Christmas with my family—with my parents and siblings when I was growing up and with my husband and extended family in adulthood. But I also have wonderful memories of Christmas events with complete strangers—Christmases that reminded me of the true reason for the celebration. Jesus Christ came into the world to … Read more