The Heart: The Center of Ourselves



Pictured from left to right: Uncle Venoy (photo courtesy of Sarah Foust); Grandpa Cecil and Grandma Rena (my mom’s parents); Staci, Grandma Velma (my dad’s mom), and Stoney; and Grandpa Fred (my dad’s dad)

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” (Mt. 22:37)

Heart problems run in my family. Of my four biological grandparents, all had heart problems. Of my mom’s five brothers, two have now passed away from heart attacks. Two years ago this March, my uncle Venoy suffered a massive heart attack, passing away just hours later. Were there signs? Yes. He had terrible back pain for three days prior to the heart attack, and even though he rarely suffered from that particular malady, none of us recognized it as a sign of an impending heart attack. Continue reading “The Heart: The Center of Ourselves”

The Sedentary Life of a Writer

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Cor 3:16)

As a writer and editor, I live a sedentary lifestyle. I sit all day, staring at a computer screen. I have to make a concerted effort to get up and move, and I fail at this most of the time. I have a FitBit that will buzz at me once an hour for twelve hours to remind me to move if I have sat too long. The bad thing is that I tend to ignore it. Continue reading “The Sedentary Life of a Writer”