He Remembered Us

Thoughts on memorable kindness.

It was twenty years ago. Jimmy and I weren’t married yet. We were looking for a church that we could call home together.  We’d seen a commercial, and decided to find that church. One Friday night, forty-five minutes late, Jimmy and I walked in the door and this particular usher just happened to be the […]

Loneliness and Social Engagement

AKA: Are you a friend, a rock thrower, or a coat holder?

A few years ago, someone emailed me a question. We had an active project that we were getting ready to release publicly, but it wasn’t ready to be shared that day. I replied to the email. In my response, I told her that we were working on an answer to her question, but that I […]

Instinct, Giovanni, and The Rest of the “Accidental” Story

I have 12 years of classical piano training.   In college, I had visions of getting a degree in Music and took some college level classes with that goal in mind.  Thanks to a professor who believed in me, those classes yielded an opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra.  A music degree […]

The Face of Competition

As I encounter more and more of the amazing variety of women who make up this world, I have seen something, over and over again that bears mentioning here. That face.  The look on the face of a business owner who just discovered their idea, their creative work, being used by someone else.   Entire essays […]

Hiding that diaper?

A mom recently introduced me to a friend as the owner of a cloth diaper company. The friend said, “You probably won’t like me then. I used disposables.” Lets get this out of the way. I make a great product line. It fits. It absorbs well. It’s easy to use. It’s flexible. It can work […]

How do you do it all?

I can’t even count how many times people have asked me this question.  How do you do it all?  There are many assumptions built into that questions.  “All” gets defined differently by different people.  Some assume that I have an organic garden that I farm myself, chickens in the backyard in a coop, homeschooled children, […]

Babies At Work

I’ve spent the last few weeks wrestling with people who believe business leadership is barely a place for a woman, and even less so for a mother with a newborn. It’s unfamiliar territory for most because our culture has practically required that women become masculine in order to be successful. Books about successful businesswomen practically […]

Why I don’t believe in “impossible”.

Almost every day, I’m surprised again by someone willing to believe that a completely solvable situation is impossible to work through. The mountain is too high. The project is too big. The problem is too complex. They don’t know how, and they don’t want to learn. They’d rather sit there and talk to me about […]