Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

National Handshake Day

“Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16). Now that’s a biblical injunction few Christians take seriously these days. Perhaps it’s something to ponder on National Handshake Day. The handshake, however, predates Paul’s admonition by several centuries. According to some sources, shaking hands originated with the Greeks in the fifth century BC. Tradition has […]

It IS More Blessed to Give than Receive

I’d been looking forward to the day for months. One of the benefits of our local theatre membership (aside from being assured a ticket for Hamilton when it comes to town later this year) is the option to swap out some of the regular season shows for add-ons. My daughter and I agreed early on […]

Great Expectations for 2016

The Thanksgiving Day announcement that we are to become grandparents has me facing this new year with a mix of eagerness and anxiety I’ve not experienced since my own first pregnancy. Merriam-Webster calls eager and anxious synonyms. Although they are often used interchangeably, their meanings are slightly different. Both convey a sense of desire, looking […]

Reviewing 2015 by the Book

I took the challenge this year—the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I really had no idea how many books I realistically could or would read in a year. Fearful of failing, I set the bar low. I estimated I could do a bit better than a book a month and set a goal of reading 15 books […]

Game of Throws

This error threw me for a bit. After all, I’ve never seen it on one of those “Top Ten Lists of Words Writers Confuse.” But something about this sentence felt off to me the first time I read it. When Casey came home after six months in treatment, the Bakers had to learn how to […]