Taking Risks and Discovering Rewards in the Grand Canyon

I hiked deeper into the canyon and found gold. “We’re gonna die, Mrs. Ojeda!” one of my students exclaimed as he pointed at the sign warning hikers to NOT attempt to hike from the south rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River and back in one day…. Read more“Taking Risks and Discovering Rewards in the Grand Canyon”

How to Hug a Cactus in 5 Simple Steps

How to Hug Love a Cactus Tears popped out of my eyes when the voice on the other end of the line growled an angry “What?!” I don’t know why the tone of voice made me cry. Perhaps because it felt like the sudden, unexpected jolt of pain one gets when… Read more“How to Hug a Cactus in 5 Simple Steps”

How to Tell If You’re Being Encouraged or Manipulated

When the doctors diagnosed Pedro with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in April of 2002, word spread like wildfire through our small community. People who had never spoken a word to me in our first eight months suddenly started dropping by to help and encourage us. It didn’t take long for me… Read more“How to Tell If You’re Being Encouraged or Manipulated”

When God Gives You a Word for the Year: Deeper

I’ve gone deeper than I ever desired. When God gives you a word for the year, and you decide to accept it, you never know what will happen and how you’ll stretch and grow. I could almost write a version of When You Give a Moose a Muffin based on… Read more“When God Gives You a Word for the Year: Deeper”