Author: Rev. Joanna

Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.

Many of us have seen the values of our homes go up dramatically over the past year. If you own your own home, this can be a very good thing, even with the tax liability, because your asset is growing.

For those who are renting, … read more.

Getting “Shot”

We are coming up on a year of the covid-19 pandemic changing everything, and I imagine that’s going to stir up some memories, some conscious and some subconscious. But if you’d told me that today, just shy of that anniversary, that I would have received … read more.

Post-Storm Brain

My mom and I are in agreement: our brains aren’t working right, if they’re working at all.

When you’re in mourning after a loved one has died, they often talk about how you’ll experience a “brain fog.” You put your keys in the refrigerator and … read more.

Winter Breakdown: Posts from Members

During this week, members have shared some of their experience and thoughts with others on social media. Here is a sampling, reprinted with permission:

Edith Waters:
To anyone still in the no power no water situation: if you have a cast iron skillet you can turn it … read more.

Through the Storm

Whew. What a week.

First, some pragmatic things:

Right after the pandemic began, when supplies were scarce, Heather Malkawi set up a Live Oak “trading post.” I’m bringing it back, as we may see similar scarcities for a while as grocery stores restock. If you have a … read more.

A Letter to Senator Cruz from a Pastor

Dear Senator Cruz,

I am watching the solemn ceremony as the remains of Police Officer Brian Sicknick are taken to the Capitol Rotunda to lie in honor. My heart is breaking for you right now. As a pastor, I can only imagine the turmoil you are … read more.

The Flag Was Still There

I must confess, I have not been a big fan of the song, “The Star-Spangled Banner” with its difficult-to-sing melody and war references.

That changed on January 20.

I watched Lady Gaga, a pop star who has embraced being an LGBTQ icon, step up and belt out … read more.