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13,300,560 Minutes Ago Today

It was a cold November night in Northern Florida twenty-nine years ago today that my life changed forever. I was abducted from a parking lot by a total stranger and beaten, raped and humiliated.  Today, though I still have scars, the pain no longer remains. Today, I reach out to other women who suffered through […]

Quest for Freedom

On Saturday, I rode Dakota to a nearby eatery and met one of my favorite people in the world: Jane Young Hill. We embraced in a long awaited reunion and grabbed a table outside. Not only was the weather breathtaking, but it was much more quiet than inside the restaurant. We caught up on each […]

Thirty Years is Too Long to Wait

Dakota and I made our way south from Orange Park, Florida on Friday to the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine. I arrived in the late afternoon, just before rush hour. I rode past the Castillo de San Marcos, the town square and the Bridge of Lions, all standing as reminders that once La Florida was […]

“It Happened to Me…”

  I just completed an awesome five days with My Book Therapy (MBT) at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Annual Conference in Indianapolis. It was an amazing whirlwind of a time. I’m the Member Care Coach at MBT and spend the entire conference each year at the MBT booth.   I have the privilege […]

It’s Not About the Bike

Since I began this Road to Freedom Bicycle Tour across America, I’ve said that it’s not about the bike. It’s about getting into the lives and hearts of the women who I come in contact with day after day whose lives are changed. They have been liberated, healed and have gained courage to face their […]

Across the Table

Yesterday morning I was invited to a Bible study in the home of a retired female pastor. I eagerly accepted the invitation and before I knew it, I found myself sitting around a long table with other women. I was asked to share about the Road to Freedom Bicycle Tour and as I did, the […]

More Than You’re Capable Of

I did not post this as early as I normally would for two very important reasons: 1) I was exhausted from Monday’s 4 thunderstorm day and needed a really good night’s sleep before I wrote this. 2) I wanted to make sure I formulated this idea before putting it in print.   At the beginning […]

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Our Heart

Saturday I passed over the Kentucky State Line and spent the night in the campground at Lake Barkley State Park.  After setting up my tent, Dakota and I road to the Lodge. It provided a breathtaking view of the lake. While cooking my dinner on my backpacking stove, I discovered–the hard way–that raccoons like instant […]

Voice of the Children

In Decatur County, Tennessee, one of the poorest counties in the state, children are often victims of one sort of crime or another. Parents either mistreat or neglect them in many cases. They wind up in the court system and many times are not heard. Their needs could go unmet. In this county, these children […]

You Just Never Know

Today I did not feel comfortable continuing my northerly trek. I’d emailed a couple with warmshowers.org the night before. They were about fifty miles to the east.  About 7am yesterday morning, I got a call from them inviting me to spend the night at their home. I gladly accepted, knowing it would be a horrendous […]