Renee Zellweger: You Should Like Her Just As She Is Now, Too

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Like many of you, I was shocked to see the photos of Renee Zellweger. She was trending all over social media all day -- and for obvious reasons. The girl doesn't look a thing like herself. Did Bridget Jones forget that we "like you very much,┬ájust as you are"? It seems so -- but is the shock and awe over her look warranted? I would argue not. I felt bad for her ┬ábecause the public's reaction wasn't positive. If anything, it skewed negative but why so much hater-ade? Should we really put Renee Zellweger down for trying to change her appearance for what she sees as "the better?" I can't imagine the youth obsessed experienced of being a Hollywood celebrity. She's been out of films and the public eye for several years now. I'd imagine … [Read more...]

Marine Corps Marathon: 11 Tips For the Newbie

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*Running MCM in 2012. This year will be my fifth Marine Corps Marathon. Hard to believe! When I moved to DC in 2006, I thought about the fact that there was a marathon in the city. In 2007, I almost signed up on a whim (that would have been an awful idea.) Come 2008, I thought I might actually do this thing. I kind of trained and ended up crossing the finish line. So I know a little about this marathon, considering this is #5 and this is my city! 1. Hotel. Well, hopefully you already have this taken care of -- but be sure to get a hotel by a metro stop. The Rosslyn or Clarendon area is best but you don't want to worry about getting to the starting line and the metro begins super early on race day. 2. Expo. This is not an … [Read more...]

Hanging Around in Indiana: Here’s What’s Up

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*My dad has his hammock hanging in the basement so I took a turn :) I'm not sure I've ever gone this long without blogging. It's not been that long but it feels like forever! I've been a little pre-occupied. I don't want to go into details right now but...I've been in Indiana all week with my family. My grandma, a young 73, is dying and is in Hospice right now. They always say the only time your entire family gets together is for weddings and funerals...I guess that's true. It's been wonderful being with everyone and honestly the support of us all being here has been tangible and blessed. I will tell you more about my Grandma later but you can read a little about her battle with cancer here and here. Hospice care has been great and … [Read more...]

Thinking About Adoption, Foster Care & Kids

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I never thought a lot about adoption until two years ago. I was headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to work 60 orphans in Uvira. Thankfully, the leaders of my trip thought it was important we learn about what that means. I read books like "Orphanology" and "Another Place at the Table" that immersed me in the realities of foster, adoption, orphancare and more in the United States and in African countries, among others. I also began to realize the responsibility I, as someone who does not believe in abortion, have to promote adoption from the other side. For those who decide to choose life and deliver the babies they can't take care of, they need to know that through adoption, their babies will find a good home. I think … [Read more...]