Changing lives

December 29, 2004 One day last week. my desk was surrounded by a group of men (yes, I know I'm lucky) wanting to thank us here at the Guard for all we've done for them during the past year.

Try a little kindness

December 28, 2004 Many of us dream of a white Christmas, like in the movies where people are singing and cheering the snowfall.

European experience

December 27, 2004 Twenty-one years ago, my brother- then a demanding 5-week-old baby - boarded an American plane to Germany with his parents.

The smile of Christmas

December 23, 2004 In the canned food aisle of the Ash Flat Wal-Mart, a man who looked as if he may have been an immigrant from Czechoslovakia or a similar country 70 years ago when he was 4 or 5 or 6, had a look of

Let a woman do it

December 22, 2004 One of the statements I most despise hearing is "Let a man do it," and this weekend, I proved that the cliché holds little truth.


December 22, 2004 I am writing about the Janie Ward case. I won't go into the details; you know them.

Baking mamaw’s cookies

December 21, 2004 It's been several years since my husband had any homemade "Dishpan Cookies."