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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.” Accompanying the headline were 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 […]

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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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When the Frenzy of Fall Already Has You Woozy

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 gone. But if […]

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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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When You’re Tempted to Despair

  When life feels uncertain, I’m drawn to the pinnacles and edges of the earth. To mountaintops and seashores. And I think I know why. If you’re feeling like me, barely hanging on by grossly neglected fingernails, I hope you’ll read on. Our family’s riding out a storm. Back in late fall, a chronic illness […]

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The 8 Words We Most Long to Hear On Valentines Day

A guest post for LivingBetter50.com. Read the full article here. Unless you slept through the 80s and have never attended a wedding, you’ve probably sung or even smooched to Billy Joel’s Grammy Award-winning lyric: “Don’t go changing . . . . I love you just the way you are.” More recently, Bruno Mars scored a […]

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A Bravery that Leads to Delight

I round the corner in my walking shoes, passing our little country airport. That gold vintage airplane sits again at the tip of the runway like a lone sunflower in a dormant field. I wonder again, Who owns that snazzy plane? and dream up a character sketch for another day. I’m on the long, straight […]

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Sometimes You Gotta Let it Go

  “Plant some shrubbery,” my friend Tina said, as she waited for her teriyaki bowl. I’d just told her how fragile I felt, how that morning I’d already been tearful about a loved one’s health situation when the tree guy knocked loud on our front door. How he led me across the lawn, pointing to […]

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