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When Someone Close Needs an Avalanche of Hope

  [This post first appeared at AnotherBrokenHallelujah.com on December 3, 2014.] 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 […]

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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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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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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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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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