Long Live the Book Readers!

Long Live the Book Readers! By Elisa Morgan People who read books live longer than people who don't. It's true! A recent study by Yale University researchers, published online in the journal Social Science and Medicine, concluded that "book readers experienced a 20 per cent reduction in the risk of mortality over the 12 years of follow-up compared to non-book readers."* When I saw the headline, I wondered if readers live longer due to an innate drive to finish the stack of books on their bedside table before they die. Of course, we don't know if there are books in heaven or not! Here's the scoop: The study looked at 3,635 people, all older than 50, divided into three groups: those who didn't

Yes, I Can

Is there something you just don't believe you can do? Something that seems WAY out of reach for you? Read on as Mary Byers shares her struggle with math, and how she was moved to continue in something she didn't think she could do. Elisa Yes, I Can By Mary Byers The teacher who influenced me most is the one who taught the subject I loved least: math. It intimidated me. It didn't come easily. And though I love words, story problems were (and still are) the bane of my existence. Mr. Luepke wasn't typical in terms of math teachers. Though he cared about formulas and algorithms, he was more concerned that we saw the value of math and how it impacts our lives. He wanted us to see it in nature, at


I love kaleidoscopes! A new picture with every turn. Melodi Leih applies the metaphor of a kaleidoscope to how God sees versus how we see. Read on and turn your view ... Elisa Kaleidoscope By Melodi Leih Do you remember playing with a kaleidoscope when you were little? I remember being fascinated by the colors and how they changed when I turned them in different directions. A kaleidoscope is typically a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads, pebbles and bits of glass. As you look through one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, because of the reflection in the mirrors. Kaleidoscopes make it possible to view everyday objects in extraord

Lessons from a Black Dress

Want to change the world and be a hero? You might not think so at first, but as you read Bethany Winz's words below you may find, as I did, that there are many moments when we slip in to defining ourselves solely by the impact we think we have on our world. Elisa Lessons from a Black Dress By Bethany Winz When I was sixteen, I armed myself with a blog and a black dress and set out to change the world. Inspired by two other women who had done similar projects, I decided to wear that dress every day for a year to raise awareness about and money to end human trafficking. The idea was simple: like a walkathon, I would wear the dress and others would donate. I wanted to do something that would ma

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