Shelly Hoover

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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 →

A Dad’s Wisdom 

During an interview for the SIU Alumni Magazine I was asked, "At what point did you accept the fact that you had ALS?" Accept it? I didn't know how to answer.  Later my Dad (the Doctor of Philosophy) explained to... Continue Reading →

White Flags 

Steve and I are on day two of a month long road trip. We were cruising through the Utah salt flats this morning and a Chris Tomlin song made my eyes leak. White Flag.  "We raise our flag, we surrender,... Continue Reading →

A Hashtag is Worth a Thousand Words

#ShellysPCT Scott will begin his journey of a lifetime in just a few short weeks. Beginning May 1st is going to hike 2,663 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. He is hiking for those of us who can't, raising awareness... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in the Little Things

Most of my days are spent doing the things I love with people I love. Pictured clown noses are a case in point.  Other than the occasional dental cleaning or medical appointment, I spend most of my energy on the people... Continue Reading →

Why I left after 32 years

Steeped in white privilege, it was easy to register as a Republican. I was serving in the U.S. Navy during the fat Reagan years. I worked hard and went to school for years taking advantage of every opportunity availed. Isn't... 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 →

Why do I lose my Christianity when I drive?

Driving is my final bastion of freedom. I'm so proud of my hand controls and the independence they afford. Why then, do I often lose my Christianity when I get behind the wheel? I was turning on to a freeway onramp... Continue Reading →

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