Relaxation: priceless

January 3, 2005 Some people party hard well past midnight in strappy stilettos, while others chow down on calorie-ridden midnight breakfasts.

Getting good feedback

January 3, 2005 As a journalist, I love getting feedback on my stories ... especially good feedback. It makes me believe I'm doing something good with my life.

Pray for Jerusalem

December 31, 2004 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6

Looking back, forward

December 30, 2004 Well, 2004 has come and almost gone, and I'll be fairly glad to see the last of her.

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