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When It’s Time to Build an Altar

It’s half past seven on her last morning of high school. Our raven-haired woman-girl, who the good Lord brought through fiery trial, will graduate with her peers after all. Today when she bolts across our front threshold, she’ll etch a tombstone for our enemies, Doubt and Fear, marking the spot where they died a complete […]

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3 Tips for Softer Eggs and Unscrambled Children

Raising kids is as simple, or as hard, as cooking perfect eggs. When Sean was five he said he’d take a raincheck on my scrambled eggs until I could make them like Grandma Doris. Hers were soft. Moist. Fluffy. Mine, far less magical. I tried again and again to improve, only to meet with two […]

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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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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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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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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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How to Have a Happy Childhood—at Any Age

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. A close friend shared that gem with me recently, something she took away from her Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) study. I’m so proud of her, doing whatever it takes to come to terms with her broken road. And truly, we all walk a broken road, don’t […]

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