Clear Sight


There are a lot of dirt roads in Ozark Mountain Country. They curve and wind around like brown snakes in the grass. We get familiar with them and learn their routes and then….it rains! The roads change. Directions turn around. Danger arises. So, too, do we find familiar paths in life changing with the times. […]

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An Even Cut


She walked right up to the stylist and handed her a photograph she had torn from a magazine.  At lunch she overheard one of the other girls say that is what she had done…found a haircut on Pinterest and showed it to her hair stylist from her phone.  “M” didn’t have a phone.  She really […]

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Basic Needs


What does it mean “to have your basic needs met”? To some it might mean enough food and water. To others…maybe clothes. And yet, to others, it might mean having the ability to interact socially and engage in extracurricular activities – – money for athletic clothes or band instruments. To one young girl “having her […]

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He didn’t know the word when his finger ran across it as he read aloud.    “Per…snik….ity.”  He sounded out every letter with care.  Then he dashed his eyes up towards his mentor to see if he had said it correctly. She smiled and nodded, thinking he would just move on.  But “M” stopped. “What […]

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“See You Next Week”


“The day came that so many of us fear. The doctor actually said the words, “It is cancer.” For those who have heard those words it is understood there is a process that occurs after those words are said: shock, denial, sadness, fear, visioning, worry, determination… Then someone takes charge and a routine and protocol […]

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I Am Not A Hamster!


It feels like a hamster wheel sometimes. Each day has certain tasks and often those tasks run together and blend into bland…get up, make the bed, breakfast, news, mail, bills, dinner, dishes, phone calls, groceries, trash, cleaning, get up, make the bed, breakfast… And even though I know there are wonderful things in each day […]

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Life Is A Marathon


I am not a runner by choice and, yet, I find myself running every day…picking up kids, going to sporting events, grocery store, work, mailbox, lawn mowing. If you do life…you run…every day. Competitive short distance sprinters can see their finish line and run straight for it as fast as they can. But life isn’t […]

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I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW


No man can see clearly when his eyes are shut and his fists are ready for the fight. “J’s” fists were so tightly clenched, he was perpetually ready for the “fight” …not the physical fight of student on student, but the emotional fight of never having “enough.” His mother had lost her job and her […]

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A Care Package


What is a physical need?  Clothing, food, water, safety, sleep….. When those basic things are met, it is often assumed that a person can succeed. But unmet emotional needs can often be the biggest obstacle to standing in the gap. Two generations shared the same household.  Grandma was helping to raise her grandchildren.  Basic needs […]

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I Call DIBS!


It’s a funny thing…being “in”…sitting at the “cool table.”  No one can ever actually figure out from year to year what is going to be the deciding factor that constitutes “cool”.  But for the 4th grade class in a local elementary school, the “cool table” was wherever there was a Lunch Buddy hanging out with […]

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