Happy Birthday, Sherilyn Sheets! Sher is one of my first-cousins-once-removed, the daughter of Sally (Miller) Sheets and her husband Paul. Sher lives and works in north Chicago, and her primary calling is managing a neighborhood hospitality house called JustEmbrace. Regular neighborhood activities include weekly gatherings for games, conversations, music and Bible studies; special events include health clinics and garden planting/harvesting. In about one month JustEmbrace will begin their annual seven weeks of homestyle Thanksgiving dinners for the neighborhood, and later in November "Santa" (who happens to look a lot like Sherilyn's father) will arrive for photos. Sher told me that she loves Van Gogh's paintings, so I'm wearing my "Bedroom in Arles" tie -- especially because it represents the themes of home and hospitality!