This blog post is the 44th in a series about my (and twin sister’s) breast cancer journey that began when we were 30 years old in July 2019. In 2019, I also started documenting our younger sister’s breast cancer previvorship journey. Here is a list of all of the posts written about our journey at Mayo Clinic’s Breast Clinic… Continue reading My Breast Cancer Journey Part 44: My Twin Sister’s 36-Week Pregnant Breast Biopsy is “All Clear!” & Baby Harold Robert is Almost Here!
Three Great Summer Reads: God’s Love, Beth Moore, and the Bible
It’s almost summertime, and that means we will have many lazy dog days to fill hours upon hours with pages upon pages of reading, right? In a perfect world, yes, that would be the case! However, because the hours of our days are limited, we probably don’t have a ton of time to filter through… Continue reading Three Great Summer Reads: God’s Love, Beth Moore, and the Bible
My Life-Changing Journey to a Christian Camp in Northern Wisconsin
Greetings, all! Tonight, I am part of ChicagoNow’s “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXI.” Our editor, Jimmy Greenfield, has prompted us to write about the following prompt in 60 minutes or less: “Write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference.” Jimmy’s disclaimer: The famous Robert Frost poem idealistically wants taking… Continue reading My Life-Changing Journey to a Christian Camp in Northern Wisconsin
Why Jesus is Beautiful to Me (in the words of Christian music artists)
This post has been written as a belated part of ChicagoNow’s “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXX.” A flood of posts went live last night at 10 p.m. sharp, as a “Blogapalooz-Hour” is a blitz to publish a post in 60 minutes or less, but I am a little late to the party. The reason I’m contributing a… Continue reading Why Jesus is Beautiful to Me (in the words of Christian music artists)
Sex Trafficking is Happening in Your Backyard – Let’s END IT!
It’s true – women (and men) are being sold for sex, against their will, in your backyard. Did you see people running around with red “X” marks on their hands on Thursday? This represents the “End it Movement,” a conversation started at the 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, about the estimated 27 million slaves… Continue reading Sex Trafficking is Happening in Your Backyard – Let’s END IT!
Falling Plates: when death is just a memory
by Maria Krump, guest writer What if it is true? What if, all of a sudden, you find yourself…THERE. On eternity’s shore. But your feet don’t really know where “there” is, do they? They want to. And they keep aching for firm ground, for something, anything to land on, to find that footing and balance… Continue reading Falling Plates: when death is just a memory
My Philadelphia Adventure with Shane Claiborne at the Simple Way
I’m a journalist with experience reporting all over Chicago, so it wasn’t unusual for me to send up a few prayers as I boarded Philadelphia’s public transit system on my way to interview author/activist/peacemaker Shane Claiborne at his nonprofit, “The Simple Way,” in North Philadelphia. I tried to keep facts like “Philadelphia is one of… Continue reading My Philadelphia Adventure with Shane Claiborne at the Simple Way
How Should Christians Respond to SCOTUS’ DOMA ruling?
It’s been a big week for the Supreme Court, SCOTUS, DOMA, Prop 8, and churches nationwide. As I’ve watched profile pictures change on Facebook, hashtags trend on Twitter about #equality, and browsed online photo galleries displaying happiness and tears of joy come from couples who can finally, legally, engage in federally-recognized unions, I’ve been bothered… Continue reading How Should Christians Respond to SCOTUS’ DOMA ruling?
Nik Wallenda Crosses the Grand Canyon: ‘Thank You Jesus’
Nik Wallenda crossed the Grand Canyon successfully tonight, without a safety harness, while proclaiming his faith and trust in Jesus. “Thank you, Jesus,” he said several times during his walk across the 1,400-foot tightrope over 1,500 feet above the canyon (a height taller than the Empire State Building). During my interview with him last week,… Continue reading Nik Wallenda Crosses the Grand Canyon: ‘Thank You Jesus’
The Four-mula For a Successful Life: JUST DO IT
I’m a 24-year-old Christian Millennial. More than 40 percent of my peers are underemployed, living at home with their parents, or “working” unpaid internships until they “make it.” The statistics are depressing, but the reality is, I think many of us are underestimating our abilities. Like Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes… Continue reading The Four-mula For a Successful Life: JUST DO IT