What I Learned From Being In A Beauty Pageant

I have a dark secret, at least for a feminist. Knowing this is a safe community, and you will not judge decisions of my youth, I confess—one time—to parading in a blue mermaid gown with hair sprayed as high as the Rocky Mountains. No offense to anyone who has been in a beauty pageant. It turned out to not be my thing.  I learned this at 18 after reasoning the pageant was a … [Read More]



How Does Your Garden Grow?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Last Saturday, Florence Marigold Evanow went to be with Jesus. She was so close to our hearts. Dear Lovelys, would you join us in praying for Michaela … [Read More]

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The Judge, the Model and Skaters: It’s Good News for Girls!

Women at Work: Hmmmmm ... women-led companies perform 3x better than the S&P 500's average. Dr. Muneera Al Fadala forges her own path as Qatar's first female … [Read More]



The Red Couch: The Secret Message of Jesus Discussion

To learn more about The Secret Message of Jesus, please read the introductory post. Don't forget to peruse The Nightstand, which has resources for those wanting to … [Read More]


Learning to Expect Help

By Colleen Mitchell | @colleenmitch I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? —Psalm 121:1 (NKJV) Last week, one of the moms we were caring … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Third Quarter Books

We're in the middle of our Second Quarter Books (see you next Wednesday May 27 for our discussion of The Secret Message of Jesus) but with summer around the corner, I cannot wait to tell you about what's coming next. There's something special about what we … [Read More]


When the Internet Explodes With Abuse, How Do We Respond?

[TRIGGER WARNING] I wish this were a discussion we didn’t need to have. Last week, the Internet blew up with news about the Duggar family. There was also news about a church harboring a pedophile, and well, any number of ongoing cases involving faith, … [Read More]


Ten Years and a T-Shirt

The other evening I pulled on an old T-shirt from a punk band I saw when I was a teenager. The sleeves are cut off and it is something I would never leave the house in now, but still, it’s a physical reminder of a time ten years ago, when I went to a concert, … [Read More]


The Grace of Letting Others In

The other day, I had the most wonderful time in my vegetable garden. I was working with a lovely young woman I’ve spent time with over the years, gardening, mentoring a little, and listening. We got so much done, and the garden is in wonderful shape now. Those … [Read More]


Becoming the Woman in the Mirror

Every time I look in the mirror I receive a jolt. Who is this woman staring at me through eyes marked by a spray of smile lines, with hair the colour of antiqued pewter? It’s not the signs of age that shock me—it’s the overall effect. The woman in the mirror … [Read More]


Biting It, Bruises, and Breaks

I rolled over on to my back and put my hand to my face to ensure my nose wasn’t bleeding. As I did so, it occurred to me this might be the lowest point in my teaching career. I tried to joke about this with my students, but I was hyperventilating. Talking … [Read More]


The Gift of Silliness

There’s a little game my Mom played with us when we were kids. She’d sit us on her knees, and tell us to “hold on to the reins” as she took our hands and started to sing: This is the way the ladies ride, trit-trot, trit-trot, trit-trot. She’d bounce us … [Read More]


Taking the Next Step to Changing the World

I’m an envisioner. I can envision outcomes easily, and once something has got into my imagination, it feels like it’s three-fourths of the way to being done. Only it doesn’t always work that way. And I’m always surprised when it doesn’t. In earlier … [Read More]


I Shall Be A Champion of Freedom and Justice

By Stephanie Sauer | @stephaniesauer1 “I shall be a Champion of Freedom and Justice.” “I shall build a more peaceful world.” I’m a 39-year-old mother of three. Seven months ago, I started Taekwondo training with my seven-year-old son, Jacob. Talk about … [Read More]


The Fabric Holds

This life we live is a woven thing. Weaving in and out of each of our stories are some glorious threads that glisten and shine; and then there are those others, the darker ones that cannot reflect light at all. Sometimes, the tension between the two can … [Read More]