Single on Purpose

I wish I had owned Beth Knobbe’s new book 30 years ago when I was single and wondering why. If I had read Party of One: Living Single With Faith, Purpose and Passion, I think I would have lived a happier and more fulfilling life as a single woman in a couple’s world. I probably wouldn’t have driven up...

Holy Tomato

It’s officially summer now in my mouth: The tomatoes are finally ripe enough to pick and eat. My husband and I have been in homegrown-tomato withdrawal since June last year. There’s no cure for this addiction. So when the tomatoes “come in,” we head out to our veggie garden, pick a few red or golden...

The Picnic to Remember

I didn’t sleep late on July 4, 2005. Instead, I awoke early, showered, and put on navy shorts and a red-and-white striped top in celebration of America’s birthday. I ate a bowl of cereal, and then packed a bag with magazines, bottled water, 2 CDs of patriotic songs and greatest church hymns, and my...

The Silent Addiction

Are you or a loved one addicted to the Internet? Do you sit for hours and hours in front of a computer screen, surfing the Web at the expense of your mental and emotional health? Are your addictive behaviors jeopardizing your job and putting you and your family at risk? Has your ability to socialize with...

Pen Pals—Literally

The letter addressed to me here at St. Anthony Messenger Press over 10 years ago bore my name in beautiful calligraphy with a small hand-drawn pastel flower in the lower left corner of the envelope. The return address in the upper left corner identified the sender as Randy C, a prisoner in California. From...

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