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A Loyal Love {A Devotional}

Back in the perm-it-and-bleach-it days of the early 90s, I arrived home, excited to show off my new hairstyle. But my little boy, Sean, eyed me with suspicion. “What’s wrong?” I said. “You don’t like Mommy’s hair?” He pouted. “You look like somebody else’s mommy.” In that moment, Sean’s huge, sad eyes revealed his greatest […]

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avalanche of hope

When Someone Close Needs an Avalanche of Hope

  When I said “Come sit on the bed,” she just planted her legs straight like prison bars and asked why. I patted the comforter next to me and mustered up my best impression of a mother who has no intention of giving up. She plopped down heavy with a sigh and buried her stone […]

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rascism at a crossroads

4 things we can do *today* about racism

Racism is the most common sin in the world  -Rick Warren On my thirty-fifth birthday, I made the front page. “Good Samaritan injured in carjacking.” The article featured two faces drawn by a police sketch artist based on my recall of the previous day’s attack. Two boys, late teens, Hispanic. One’s face broad; the other’s long […]

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baby bee

Waiting for Olivia

It must be recess time across the orchards at Maple Elementary ‘cuz right now, waiting for you, Olivia, sounds a lot like a mingle of childrens’ hoops and hollers floating through the window screen. I’m in your parents’ master bedroom spreading crisp, white semigloss over the trim and wondering if, in just a few years, […]

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Suttle Lake in September

What happens when we desire the right things

In Sweet Home Alabama, young Melanie and Jake stand on the beach under stormy skies. She asks, “Why’d you wanna marry me for, anyhow?” Jake says, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”  I drove ten minutes for this lake view. And it’s free. And it’s here every day, even on weekdays. Like today. […]

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rabbit brush blooming in fall

When the frenzy of fall’s got you all woozy (after only 2 weeks)

To look up, you’d never know it. The wonderlands, the wide open spaces of summer are shuttering for the season. Mornings of surprise visitors and spontaneous romps. Afternoons when you couldn’t escape the sun and its lazy spell if you tried. Days with less obvious boundaries, whispering, “Play hooky.” Yeah, they’re pretty much over. But if […]

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The Story I Hope to Tell

  I’m writing my first novel. There, I said it. It’s scary, this trying new things, risking failure. In public now. As I sink into my main character’s head, considering her fears, flaws, motivations, and the life events that informed them, I’m gaining new perspectives. You might argue that it’s from my head her thoughts […]

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Tam Rim in summer

How to Stuff Your Pockets Full of Grace

This morning slaps me on the face in a good way, like the tingle of aftershave, like a whiff of minty-fresh clarity. Today the mountains aren’t airbrushed or the least bit soft-spoken. They’re drawn with a fine tip, straightforward. Crags and cliffs protrude distinctly from the winter-white slopes of the one we call Broken Top. Today’s invitation […]

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