Hi, wonderful woman! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend.

My sister Lori (you may remember her; she was one of 20 co-authors in the Women on Fire book) is visiting me from Orlando. So I’m taking a few days of vacation to be with her.
Can you guess what we were doing when my husband caught us here by surprise?

We’re having fun doing the things sisters do when they’ve been apart and can finally catch up — staying up late, sitting around the table yakking, preparing dinner together.

Yup, Lori and I were shucking corn!

Can you figure out which of us is the little sister and family jokester?! (Photos by Rob Berkley)

Lori has already inspired me to do something neither of us has done for 10 years — we’re going horseback riding this week!

Making plans to go trail riding on Martha’s Vineyard (on a BIG horse!) took me right back to when I was a little girl — and life was always so much easier when I had my sisters to be brave with.

It might be scary to jump into the deep end of the pool alone. But holding hands with sisters and leaping in together transforms fear into courage.

And, that’s how I feel about all of you connecting with each other as Women on Fire.  We are all holding hands, diving in and going for it!

And, speaking of going for it, I am inviting you to share what you are up to in next week’s SPARK!

I’d love to hear about you and to share with everyone else here so we can all cheer each other on.  So if you have news to share about your dream and/or an update on your life (new job, new house, exciting plans, etc.) please email it to me at with the subject line: SPARK news.

Simply tell us your name, city and your news!

I can’t wait to share you with everyone. And, before I go, I have something to share with you.

Emily Neal of Greenville, SC has been our intern this summer. What a joy and delight to have her talent and fresh perspective on everything.  In addition to her many skills, I discovered she also is a very good writer.  I was touched by a blogpost she wrote that I think you might enjoy, too.

Check out Emily’s post here.

If you like, feel free to cheer on this young college student and Woman on Fire at

See you next week … and be sure to send me word on what’s up for you in your life!

And, if I have the nerve, I’ll post photos of our horse-back riding adventure 😉  Eeeeek!