Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, Before yesterday most of you had never heard of the City of Roseburg. Now when you hear that name you will link us to the tragedy that happened on our small community college campus yesterday. That is not who we are. We are a logging community tucked into a beautiful valley with some of the most beautiful tree covered hills you’ve ever seen. The waters of the Umpqua river flow through our town and Umpqua Community College sits above its banks. The same interstate that brought reporters and government officials is the same road that’s welcomed back our

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Grilled Spicy Thai Chicken Wings

Grilled Spicy Thai Chicken Wings

Oh how I love the simplicity of summer. The long days, lazier mornings and easy meals lace together into memories we carry into the colder, barren days of the year. Last year I bought my husband a nice grill for his birthday. It might be akin to him buying me a classic car but you can’t deny the importance of good equipment, right? Although he does a good amount of the grilling I’ve been glad to have a place to cook outside on the scorcher days we’ve had lately. It’s also been fun adding new recipes to my arsenal because

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The Duggar Story: Changing the Culture that Protects Violaters

The Duggar Story: Changing the Culture that Protects Violaters

NOTE: I recently wrote this piece for Douglas County Moms. I didn’t plan to be this raw but I poured out myself and survived. If it helps one other person survive I have done what I needed to do. Andy Warhol is credited with the quote, “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”  I wonder if being infamous adds to one’s allotted time. Jim Bob and Michelle passed their 15-minutes years ago but they crossed over from fame to infamy yesterday. When the news hit that their oldest son Josh Duggar engaged in predatory behavior with his

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How to Live Gently and Love Passionately

How to Live Gently and Love Passionately

The brake light on my van has been flickering on and off for a couple of weeks now. My husband got up early this morning to have it looked at before the line got too long. When he brought it back, he stopped for a cup of coffee before heading to the office. This is what I call living gently. Someone asked me what I mean when I say I want to “Live Gently, Love Passionately”. The best way I can explain is to make room for the small things. Our lives have become defined by packed schedules and frenetic

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Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

I don’t know any parent who doesn’t at some level want to raise their children to be quality individuals. We want them to be smart, funny and loved. More than anything I hope you want them to be kind. But kindness isn’t something you can’t teach, it has to be learned and what we want them to learn, we must model with actions. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that words aren’t important, they’re vital. Even more than the words we say to our children, it’s the words we say around our children. Our words and deeds towards others shape

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