Yearly Archives: 2012

Escaping Poverty

I spent some time at home last weekend with my family in Topeka, Kansas. I got into a spirited yet respectful discussion with my mother about a person’s ability to support themselves making $15.00/hr. Mom and I often agree but … see more

Hug Quota

It’s been a good day. My hug count is at two and climbing. Hug #1 was granted by 4-year-old Isaiah early this morning in the Lindsey House parking lot. His mom was trying to get him and his baby sister … see more

Seventy-Five Days That Changed My Life

When I headed to John Brown University as a college freshman, I never planned on working in social services. In fact, I had not planned to graduate from JBU. I would spend two years in Siloam Springs and finish most … see more

The Homeless Child

The most shocking statistic I have ever read reports that the average age of a homeless person in the United States is nine years old. Not nineteen or twenty-nine. You read correctly the first time. Nine. Nine? Seriously? “In many … see more

Welcome Home

Don’t you love being welcomed home after a long day at work? One of the first things that I do when I arrive is to take my shoes off. There is nothing more satisfying. Our rituals, no matter what they … see more

Published August 1, 2012