Rhonda Cagle

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Pots, Plants, and Thoughts for My Daughter

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2014 at 4:37 am

It’s been a week full of milestones and memories. My daughter Megan graduated with her Masters degree and turned 21 – all in the same week. 

Sitting on my patio, reflecting on these moments, I found my fingers curling around a small pot that sits on my outdoor dining table. It’s a pot that has, frankly, seen better days. It’s garish – green paint peeling away from red terra cotta and Van Gogh-styled flowers circling its exterior. But my daughter made this pot for me many years ago and I would rather part with my right arm than with this pot.


In many ways, my daughter’s life is rooted in this pot. I’m writing about it in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. I hope you’ll read along. http://t.co/Uglcu43GnD

New Year, Like Newborn, Needs Love and Believing

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

A New Year has a lot in common with a new baby. At first it’s all shiny and new, filled with endless possibility. Six weeks later, it’s harder and more complicated and tiring than you imagined. And there’s no instruction manual to be found. (Below is my newborn daughter and me, circa 1993)


But the New Year, like a new baby, needs love and believing. It’s what I’m writing about in my latest Arizona Republic column. http://t.co/4RJJLnoJp9

A Little Christmas Magic

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Sometimes Christmas takes a little more effort. This year is one of those seasons. But sooner or later, the magic happens. For me, it happened at my nieces’ church Christmas play.


I’m writing about the play, fidgeting kids, an unwed mom, an immigrant baby, and other Christmas stories in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. Oh, and Merry Christmas! http://t.co/FC1on1DD7X

Making Space to Say Grace

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

A motley crew will be gathering at my home.

In just a few days, my husband and I will kick off the holidays with what I affectionately call our “gratitude gathering.” An assorted mix of family, friends and business colleagues will gather in our backyard to share a drink, nibble on an appetizer, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Most importantly, we will begin the holidays by counting our blessings.


For many of us, life is hard and the thought of gathering to kick off the holidays with gratitude seems a lofty ambition. Which is precisely why we’re doing it. Each of us is profoundly broken in one way or another, yet every one of us is richly blessed. Sometimes it takes a gathering of the imperfect to see just how perfectly blessed we truly are.

You can read more about this idea of creating a time and space to say grace in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/MrvujJSHUM

It’s the Little Things

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

In my latest column for the Arizona Republic, I’m writing about the little things in life that make a big difference. Flowers, football games, and friends make the list.


Read more and join in the conversation. http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/20131021cagle-little-bits-and-pieces-form-big-picture-of-life.html?nclick_check=1

Become A Hero To A Hungry Kid

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

The world needs more heroes. Not the kind in leotards and capes, but the ones who show up with a bag of food and turn hunger into hope for a hungry child. Heroes like my friends Lisa and Vince, who do this every week for more than 1,000 hungry children through Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit agency they founded.


They have help, of course. Help from more than 1,800 friends like you and me. Folks who have discovered what a few hours of time, a few dollars, and a few cans of food can do. To a hungry child looking for his or her next meal, it’s nothing short of heroic – even miraculous. You can read about it in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/QO80J6lH8C

An Autumn Kind of Mood

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

It’s late summer, but I’ve already turned the page in my emotional calendar. I’m yearning for fall; red leaves, sweaters, and anything pumpkin. 


I can’t stop leafing through autumn-themed cookbooks, drooling over anything that calls for cinnamon, cloves, or ginger. You can read about my longing for fall in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/RYww16XWW9

A Letter to My Daughter

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve felt compelled to write a letter to my daughter. I’ve wanted to share with her lessons learned and my hopes for her future. This letter includes advice about applying liberal amounts of grace to her own life as well as the lives of those around her. Oh, and lots of dark chocolate, good wine, and many hours of James Taylor.


My daughter is a generous girl, so go ahead and read along. She won’t mind. You can find my letter to her in my latest column for The Arizona Republic. http://t.co/6AUTLGbwrL

Tragedies Create Sense of Family

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

The tragedies in Boston and Texas showed us the worst of humanity. They also showed us the best. These events demonstrated that from Boston to Bellingham, Wash., and Texas to Temecula, Calif., we come together as a family.

Together, we grieve. Together, we remember. And, together, we get up to keep running the race. It’s what families do. It’s what countries do, too.

Martin Richard. Photo: amsdaily.net

Martin Richard. Photo: amsdaily.net

I’m writing about it in my latest column for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/20130419cagle-tragedies-remind-us-were-one-family.html?nclick_check=1

Lessons Learned at 30,000 Feet

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

In my most recent column for the Arizona Republic, I’m writing about airplanes, airports, and the lessons learned at 30,000 feet. For starters, ear plugs are possibly one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Also, we carry around a lot of baggage… literally and figuratively.


Image: houston.culturemap.com

Read more and join in the conversation; http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/20130322smile-kind-word-can-ease-emotional-turbulence.html

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