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Preserved –Daddy’s Girls: DNA Goes a Long Way

“Frank Jr” was what I was called as a child because between me and my 3 sisters, I was the one most like my father. From how I walked (I can thank the strong Riley family genes for being pigeon-toed) to my love of cooking, I was a carbon copy of my father. I thought I might outgrow it but ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Soaring above the Haters

“I thought she was my friend but what she wrote about me on Facebook proves that she was never my friend.”  I listened intently as my student explained how baffled she was that a friend who was once close to her was now writing vicious things about her online.   She said they didn’t have a fight but noticed when she ... Read More »

Preserved – Remembering to Forget

“I can’t remember to forget you.”  This very simple phrase came to mind a few years ago as I struggled with forgiving and forgetting wrongs that I  believed that had be done to me by someone with whom I once shared a close friendship.  In fact, I remember being bothered because it seemed as though  the harder I tried to ... Read More »


Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.                              Psalms 119:97, NIV As I’ve visited numerous hotels throughout the years during my travels, I’ve found comfort in opening the nightstand drawer and finding a Bible within, especially during those times when I’ve ... Read More »

Preserved – Handwriting on the Wall

Like others who have enjoyed the excitement of working in broadcasting, I have also experienced the discouragement of being fired from an on air radio broadcasting job.  I remember being shocked and disappointed the last time it happened in 2003.  Even though I knew that broadcasting could be unstable, I remember my mixed feelings of confusion and frustration at the ... Read More »

Preserved – Taking Lent One Step Further

A number of years ago, I got a great surprise in the mail:  “Dear Shewanda L. Riley, Our records show that you haven’t yet registered for the benefits of AARP membership, even though you are fully eligible.”   I re-read the first line a few times to make sure I was reading the right thing. I thought, “ AARP?  Isn’t that ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Character Still Counts!

With so much in the news lately about leaders falling from grace and others condemning their actions, one question remains: How can you avoid getting into a similar compromising situation? It’s not as simple as saying, “I would never ever do____________.” Sometimes we may find ourselves unknowingly in a compromising situation…and unsure of how to handle it. Sure, prayer always ... Read More »

Preserved – Measuring your Faith

One of my Christmas gifts last year was a FitBit tracker.   Like so many others, my goal in using the FitBit was to track my daily steps, improve my health and possibly lose weight.  What I didn’t realize until I began using it was that it tracked more than just how many steps I took each day.     Once I downloaded ... Read More »

Preserved – The Sum of Our Fears (part 2)

  As a continuation of last week’s column on the sum of all fears, this week I’d like to explore more about the creation of fears.   Like primary colors (yellow, blue and red) form the foundation of all colors, I think there are just three fears that are at the heart of all other fears.   In looking at others and ... Read More »

Preserved By Purpose – The Year of ME (Maximized Expectations)

“2016 is going to be the Year of Me”   This phrase came up in a conversation I had late last year with a friend who stated this with much enthusiasm.  Curious about what she meant and if she was going to all of sudden become extremely self-centered, I asked her what she meant.    At first, she paused and said,  “I’m ... Read More »