The Agony of Intimacy

She excused her ten-year-old self from the intimacy of our family dinner table, consumed with anger. Indignation and frustration drove her to her room. After hearing her door slam, I put my fork down and followed up the stairs, pausing at the top step. Should I go in? Or should I leave her alone? It’s […]

How to Show Respect to a Friend in Need

A Guest Post & Giveaway by Sarah Beckman

During the five years my best friend Kelley battled cancer, we had an unspoken agreement to walk on Wednesdays.  On the track or treadmill, in the neighborhood or around the lake, at the hospital or at the gym, if it was Wednesday, we walked. In the same years Kelley endured extensive cancer treatments I underwent […]

How Boundaries With my Son Overwhelmed Me

A Guest Post by Kathi Lipp

Sitting across from my son at Starbucks, seeing him in so much pain, so completely overwhelmed, I was desperate to kiss him on the forehead, say some magic mommy words, and make all the hurt go away. The Problem The only problem with this plan? My little boy is 6’1” and in his mid-twenties. But […]