To the Women 

On Sunday I celebrated Galentine’s (a day early). I invited some friends over for appetizers, drinks, and conversation. But more than some blood orange flavored drinks (they were so good), I wanted to acknowledge and recognize how amazing each woman was (and trust me, they really are amazing). Growing up, I have been pushed out […]

Jesus: Friend in Suffering and Joy

So often I have found comfort in reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the cross.  He who has been abandoned, rejected, and abused understands our suffering, because he himself has suffered.  He is not removed from the human experience, but instead embraced his humanity fully.  I’ve become increasingly grateful for the season of Lent as it presents […]

Hello Again

I keep feeling as though 2015 has just begun.  And then I look at a calendar and realize it’s almost May.  Crap! It has been months since I’ve posted on the blog.  In January I had some health issues arise.  There was a cancer scare (thankfully no cancer was found).  Surgery.  Recovery.  I won’t go […]

Welcome to 2015

Happy New Year my friends! Here I am, back to the writing game after a lovely respite this Christmas season.  Every time I take a break I experience some awkwardness as I re-enter my rhythms as a writer.  Typically, I doubt my ability to write or just feel as though I have nothing to write […]

Soul Food: Vonnie’s Sauerkraut

Note: Sorry for the belated post.  I was so caught up with the Thanksgiving Holidays (binge watching “The Newsroom” and working on a puzzle all day) that I forgot to post this week’s Soul Food blog.  Oops.   Vonnie’s Sauerkraut By Tom Unfried Nothing says it’s Thanksgiving Day like sauerkraut. Wait, sauerkraut? The stuff that […]


Our conversation shifted with the first taste of food.  We quieted down, closed our eyes, and savored the tastes of lovingly prepared food.  From these first bites, we knew we were in for a tasty evening. I considered each of the 6 women at the table good friends, yet they were friends from different areas […]

Q LA Thoughts

Hi All, I’m looking forward to posting my thoughts on Q Nashville next week when I’m back.  In the meantime, I’ve re-posted my article from last year’s Q. April 19, 2003 For the last few years my friend Julie has attended this mysterious gathering called Q.  Part of her attending meant her visiting fun locals, […]