Shelly Hoover

Author Educator Advocate



Resolutions with a Twist

Oh, there is much I want to do in 2017. Find a cure for ALS. Advocate for social justice. Travel to Europe. Walk. Write a book. There is much to do, but I'm not resolving to DO anything. My new... Continue Reading →

Unmet Expectations

Much of my emotional suffering is a result of unmet expectations.  The visible suffering of ALS is obvious in loss of ability to control my body. Sure it's frustrating for me and everyone who loves me. So we slow down,... Continue Reading →

Hey White Friends — Here’s Our Chance 

Are you tired of being called a racist, homophobic, xenophobic bigot? Now's our chance to do something about it. We implore leaders in the Muslim community to denounce the terrorist actions of extremists. We demand that leaders in the African... Continue Reading →

Right to Die

I don't want to die. If fact, I'm fighting to live! The End of Life Option Act just became law in California. A patient with six months to live has the option the obtain life-ending medication. Here's the problem -- the... Continue Reading →

The Four Agreements

Years ago I read the The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz, and forever changed how I navigate life. The pan-theological introduction challenged my sensibilities. Ruiz describes Toltec wisdom not as a religion but rather a way of... Continue Reading →

Christian, Put Away the Gavel

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." Luke 15:1-2 That's us fellow Christian. We're the tax... Continue Reading →

Running Free

I used to run on the paved trails in the open spaces surrounding my neighborhood.  I wasn't a very good runner; three miles was a victory for me. Running cleared my head and released stress. Funny thing, I was running... Continue Reading →


This journal entry appeared in my TimeHop app as one that was written one year ago today. It's a short one but rings true. By  Shelly Hoover — Aug 26, 2013 4:09pm I've been thinking about freedom. What does it mean to be... Continue Reading →

The Struggle is Real

Life can be tough. Relationships, job, finances, illness, drama. We all experience pain and grief. Some days and seasons are worse than others. Yet, freedom is possible. It's waiting for you on the other side. Join me on the journey... Continue Reading →

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