The Sochi Olympics: No Shoes, Please

Like many, I’ve been watching the Olympics since I was a child. In any era, the Games are entertaining, inspirational, unifying and educational. They can also be divisive, political and corrupt. However, one hopes that at the end of the day, an athlete’s ability to compete at the highest level – safely and fairly – is given the top spot on any list of priorities.

The Sochi Olympics don’t give me that “it’s all about the athletes” vibe. In fact, they’ve been nicknamed “Putin’s Olympics” ostensibly for Vladimir Putin’s instrumental role in securing the 2014 Winter Games for Russia.


The critic: Haugh About That?

With a look of absolute horror in her rich, mahogany-colored eyes, my 13-year-old daughter Lauren stared at me, mouth wide open.

“You’re not going looking like that, are you?”


May it rain: A Piece of My Mind

We trust that the sun will rise in the east, and that the day will be 24 hours long.


Flawless love is 'Perfect' love: The Rockey Road

Alanis Morissette says, “If you’re flawless, then you’ll win my love,” in the lyrics of her song “Perfect.”

To love someone can mean something entirely different from one person to the next. Some people believe that complete accountability is the way to show their love, while others believe that freedom in a relationship shows a deep trust that only love can bear. Growing up, I thought love meant simply wanting to spend the rest of your life with that one person you love. In a sense I was right, but there is much more to love than that simple definition.


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