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Faith and Mental Health

I had my first bout of major depression when I was in college. Before that, I had a lifetime of roller-coaster ups and downs, sessions with a few shrinks, and a lot of hiding behind a fake smile. This was different. I unexpectedly lost someone...

Is Your Heart a Greenhouse?

I grew up in a household where there almost always was some form of a garden. I have fond memories of "helping" my dad create and tend it. My wife, Jennifer, and I had a small garden maybe two or three times in the eight years we owned a home in...

Don't Get on the Bridge

My parents took us to Grandfather Mountain almost 40 years ago, and while I still remember the black bear, the most vivid recollection is of my trek across the mile-high swinging bridge.  (For those of you unfamiliar with the bridge, it was built...

Lessons from the Farm

You want to do what?

That was my reaction when my husband said he wanted to start a farm and raise pigs. Keep in mind, this conversation took place when we were both working full-time jobs and raising two active little boys. I wasn’t sure how he...

I Hope I Made a Difference

I am tired.
 
I mean, like tired in my bones tired.
 
I feel like I have been juggling since March and every week another ball is added to my trick. Work, school, homeschool, remote school, in-person school, side jobs, masks,...

Don't Throw Out Everything That Doesn't Bring You Joy

Over the course of these last few months I have really looked forward to my daily walks. As a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor I am considered to be “vulnerable,” so walking outside is one of the few activities in which I can engage without causing my...