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When the People Come Knockin’

Today, a very nice Jehovah’s Witness woman came knocking at my door, seeking to share a good word with me. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a religious person approach my home this way. But not too long ago, a nice young lady from a different country came up the steps, rang the bell, and […]

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On Being a Stay At Home Mom: It’s NOT About Me

Okay, so I said that being a SAHM is all about me, and in one respect that’s true.  Everything I do comes from who I am; therefore, if I’m terribly broken and incomplete, my role in my home and family will be severely fractured and out of balance. But if I’m strong, emotionally healthy, and However, if […]

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Gift of Truth

Me: “You are racist.” She: “Racism exists.  You are choosing to participate in racist ways.” Which one is better? My comment was used in part of a longer example in discussing discrimination and reconciliation.  She picked up on my hypothetical comment and suggested how I might say it better, citing word choice as a large, contributing factor in […]

About No Pants

A couple days ago I came across some footage of No Pants Subway days — a yearly event, I learned, where thousands of people meet and pledge to not wear pants as they ride the subway to work, school, the museum, whatever.  It’s gained traction over the years and has grown to include numerous cities […]

If You Can’t Say No . . .

I was talking to someone not too long ago who was frustrated and annoyed by a situation that she felt was kind of shoved on her already-full plate.  She didn’t have the time, money, or desire to follow through with an event that she was already not looking forward to.  However, for everyone else involved, […]

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Wisdom Shwisdumb

Ecclesiastics.  Need I say more? For those of you who are familiar with this biblical book, probably not.  But for those of you who aren’t, let me explain. Ecclesiastics comes from the heart and mind of the great and wise king Solomon, David’s son.  He has the reputation of being the richest man of his […]

Just a Change of Scenery

I was talking to a missionary friend of mine a couple weeks back.  For her and her family, this is a new adventure, but the honeymoon period is wearing off.  They’re now used to the un-American plumbing, the native grocery shopping, and the too-small taxis for their tall American frames.  They’re still learning the language, […]

Call Me a Hypocrite? . . . Fine.

There exist people in this world with whom I don’t care to really converse.  There are some with whom I don’t want to play on the same team–I don’t want my name mentioned in the same breath as theirs.  And there are some whose decisions I lament and motivations I question.  I’m human.  I’m a […]

A Gardener I Am Not

This summer I gave it a go on the gardening thing.  It was pitiful.  Utterly pitiful. I started seeds in the spring.  Half of them died. I bought a flat of 10 strawberry plants–thinking I could have fresh-out-of-garden strawberry shortcake–only one survived.  And what that means is, nine died before I could even put them in […]

Baby Gap Without the Baby

>I hijack my sanity all the time. I try to stop. I sing a little louder as I wash my dishes. I whistle a “happier” tune to drown out the mental noise, but 10 minutes into it I wake up and realize that my mouth is puckered into a little circle but this whistling Dixie […]

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