Published Articles

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love: 101 Stories Celebrating Special Times with Family and Friends… and Recipes Too!

In Print: 2011 “The Great Family Cook-Off,” p. 253

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love will stir up those delectable feelings and memories that certain aromas and tastes always bring. Readers will relish in the succulent and tasty stories on how love and food together played a flavorful part in life, leaving them with a divine aftertaste and a pungent yearning to read more.
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Heavenly XOXO for Women: Tender Tales and Inspiration to Warm Your Heart

In Print: 2011 “Almost Friends,” p. 63

When a hug just isn’t enough, look to Barbour’s new Heavenly XOXO series. This story-based volume features heartwarming tales plus uplifting quotations and scriptures—and will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired long after the stories have been read. Heavenly XOXO makes a great personal purchase, and a fabulous feel-good, any-occasion gift for someone you care about.
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In Print: 2011 USA TODAY”Turn Holiday Stress Into Good Times,”  in Your LIfe’s Guide to Women’s Health Magazine


My friend told me about a particular day when she was overwhelmed by her holiday chores. Her husband came home to find her sitting on the floor, packages everywhere.

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In Print: 2011 USA TODAY “Welcome to Mayberry” Green Living Magazine


Going green is nothing new to me. But attempting to grow green things, to farm, boggles my mind.

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In Print: 2011 USA TODAY “American Stories” About My Mom and the Caregiver inHispanic Living Magazine


Pauline, we’ve got to walk to keep our legs moving,” 81-year-old Berta Cabrera says with a
heavy Cuban accent. “Let’s get your shoes on now.”

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In Print: 2012 USA TODAY “Caregiving an Exhausting Privilege,” in Senior Living


I watched as my father’s chest moved slowly up and down. The room was dark and quiet. Nurse Faye had called the night before to tell me to come.

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A Daughter Refelcts on Caring for Parents

In Print: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The young grow strong, the strong grow old, and the old must die,” concluded my eighth-grade paper. I was impressed with my work, but my English teacher was not.

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I Had to Stand, The War Cry, June 2008

The ER was uncharacteristically empty.  Perhaps four or five waiting to be seen for various maladies. My dad and I were guests because he fell backwards in a handicapped van and hit his head on the way to church.

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Generations of Caring

It’s going to be hard,” Dad said as he looked at me like I’d just stayed out after curfew. “I know, Dad, but what’s hard is good,” I said confidently.

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Fantasy Football Part 1

Standing in the grocery store line, my eyes perused the headlines on the usual magazines.

Alien sightings; lovesick stars; foolproof diets that I will fail; perfectly decorated, immaculate houses that I will never own; size-0, 20-year-old, half-naked women who have never nursed a child OR cleaned up throw-up OR waited all day for a repairman who never came!

Then I saw it: “Fantasy Football Season To Begin Soon.”

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Birds abound at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp in Florida

Special to the Times
In Print: Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tramping with teenagers through a state park to view birds seemed like a good idea.

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