Category: Overcoming fear

A date, a tux, and a prom

Candace McMillen

Constance McMillen had a dancing partner. She had an outfit—a tuxedo. She even offered to arrive separately so no one would have to see her and her date arriving as a couple. Officials at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton,…


Janet’s bad hair day

Horse bad hair day

When our good friend, Hylton, sent the e-mail below, I had just been beating myself up over having accidentally ditched a presentation from my computer. (See Pushing On.) The story lifted my spirits so I was delighted when its author…


Pushing On

ANA air stewardess

I’m a long-time fan of Steve Goodier’s stories and have several collections of them. On occasion I’ve tucked one into a folder on my computer labeled “Inspiration”, to re-read when the roller coaster I’m riding heads downhill. I’m also a…


Facing our lions

Red Lion cover art

When the call came, I didn’t hesitate to jump in the car and drive down Interstate I-5, from Seattle, Washington, to Napa, California. My brother was in hospital once again. Something in his voice told me he needed me to…


Courage Is

The Strange Familiar is a young indie band from Akron, Ohio. Their YouTube channel shows a group of teen musicians with a lot of talent and a lot of hope. One of my favorite phrases from the song is, “Courage…


Outrageous Courage

Vagina Monologues poster

In 2003 I let myself be talked into directing the second year’s production of The Vagina Monologues in a rural town in central British Columbia. I didn’t really think such an edgy play would work there, even though it had…

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