Crissy Brooks 12-08-2009
Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store.
Lynne Hybels 12-08-2009
I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress.
Julie Clawson 11-30-2009
So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us.
Bart Campolo 11-30-2009
Stanley is a dirty old man, and by that I don't just mean he talks about younger women in inappropriate ways. He smells bad, too. Really bad.
Jim Wallis 11-25-2009

As I take time to reflect on what I am truly thankful for, my family certainly tops the list. I've just been out of the country for a week, so I will cherish the time sitting around the table with my kids, asking one another to share what we are most thankful for.

Justin Wheeler 11-24-2009

As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean refugees -- an "offense" punishable in China with up to three years in prison.

Ernesto Tinajero 11-23-2009
This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen.
Tracey Bianchi 11-02-2009

Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running up and down the sidewalks, climbing stairs, ringing bells and then I dole them out a piece or two a day and confiscate anything with caramel for myself. Hardly seems fair.

Edwidge Danticat 11-01-2009
Can an author save her parents though her books?
Lynne Hybels 10-29-2009

When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to October 12, 2009, Isme lived in a small but tidy one-story house in the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Julie Clawson 10-28-2009

This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie where the characters go to the Drafthouse

Steve Taylor 10-05-2009
Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on.
Matthew Soerens 10-02-2009
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
Mimi Haddad 09-30-2009
Many people in Minnesota get really excited about fall. We welcome cooler weather, colorful trees, and a chance to share treasures from our garden.
Every dawning day we wake to the news of human violence against humanity. We see images of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who've traveled a long way from home to fight terrorists.
Jim Wallis 09-18-2009

Glenn Beck has received a lot of attention for his inflammatory rhetoric lately. Recently, he shared a personal story about his daughter who has cerebral palsy, which gets to the heart of his fears about health-care reform:

Neeraj Mehta 09-14-2009
If life were a game, it could be said that we like to analyze the players (the winners and the losers) of the game, rather than the game itself.
Tracey Bianchi 09-11-2009
Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away.