Thankfuldays

Seven years ago I began the daily practice of posting thankfulness on my website and sharing it on social media, inviting others to share their thankfulness as well. This daily ritual was a direct result of my frustration with social media interactions witnessed during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. I wanted to quit all social […]

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A Song of Hope from Christmas Bells

A friend and I explored quaint shops and looked for a fun place to lunch while we walked and caught up on life. We spent much of our conversation back and forth between natural disasters, politics, and culture. In our effort to have intentional time we covered a variety of deep topics. We hold our […]

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October Wave of Light

Lighting the Dark One of the most soul stirring sights occurs each year in December. The celebration of Christmas in churches, homes, and communities usually includes groups of people singing Silent Night. The lights turn down, the first notes of the song begin, and voices join together in quiet confidence and worship. One candle is […]

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Discovery in the Back to School Season

Many thanks to patheos.com and Kelley Mathews for sharing  4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back to School Season again. If you journey through days of infertility or involuntary childlessness I hope this gives you practical tools to move through the season. I recently discovered an unexpected moment (many moments, actually!) with back to school posts on […]

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A Graduation Moment Celebrated in Community

The moment took my breath away. As they called his name and he took a few faltering steps, several seniors jumped to their feet clapping loudly. Within seconds the rest of the large senior class leapt up as well. Teachers in chairs onstage joined in and the other teachers in the audience chimed in too. […]

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Revising Mother’s Day Malaise

Many women have a complicated relationship with Mother’s Day. While I love celebrating my own mother and all the women I know who are moms, I well remember and often revisit the general malaise, underpinning of uneasiness, and unexplained discontent the season of Mother’s Day can usher in. On the Journey The overwhelm of underlying […]

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Valentine Singles: Blooms of Joy in a Doubles World

It’s that time of year. Perfect looking couples in ads, shows, and movies. Stories of love and pictures of happily-ever-afters. But what if you are a never-married single… or divorced… or widowed… or maybe you feel alone in a relationship… The upcoming holiday of flowers, chocolates, and diamonds can seem overwhelming and blues-inducing. For so […]

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Resolve from the Basics of Life

In February 2018, we gathered around after a family dinner and my nephew announced he planned to jump out of a plane. On. Purpose. You see, he wanted to celebrate his upcoming milestone birthday in a BIG way. To my entire family’s shock and awe, his mother said, “I want to go too.” His mom […]

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