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On Being Okay with Whatever Happens

On Being Okay with Whatever Happens

One of the biggest challenges of being a Christian – maybe even a human – is relinquishing control. I don’t mean personal control over things like the words we speak, our reactions or behavior, although, those can be challenging too. Rather, it’s the things that […]

What I’ve Learned After Almost 8 Years of Being Estranged from my Adult Child

What I’ve Learned After Almost 8 Years of Being Estranged from my Adult Child

What have I learned from working through estrangement emotions in these past 8 years? More things than I can write in this space, but here are some of the most important:

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

  A few months ago I watched the HBO documentary series Farrow vs Allen. I’ve never been a big Woody Allen fan. Since Mia Farrow was in a lot of Woody Allen films, I haven’t seen her in much beyond Rosemary’s Baby. And I think […]

Using Commas instead of Periods

Using Commas instead of Periods

Use commas instead of periods during the dialogue of your story. I don’t know about you, but particular aspects of my story feel as if they’ve reached an ending.  Or, at the very least, that’s the self-talk swirling around in my mind. “I guess you’ve […]

The Source of my Shame

The Source of my Shame

  It’s been 2 1/2 years – years! – since I wrote anything here.  Because in all honesty, I’ve been broken.  I’ve been living with a weird kind of grief and I’ve been living with a secret shame.  But I can’t keep hiding behind my […]

The Value of No

The Value of No

I realized something the other day: When I say “yes” to some things, I’m being selfish. I’m not talking about wanting to eat another cookie “yes,” or buying myself a pair of shoes “yes,” although those are pretty selfish, but the kind of “yes” that […]

Monday Mondays 6.19.17

As this gets published, I’ll be driving to the big city – the REALLY big city – to get my teeth cleaned, get my haircut and go to a funeral. That’s a list, huh? The friend that died was in my German class in high […]

Monday Mondays 5.29.17

Monday Mondays 5.29.17

Is summer almost here? It feels like it, at least, where we live!  I’m one of those people that keeps my windows open until it feels like I’m a chocolate chip cookie getting all gooey in the oven.  With temperatures well above average here, let’s […]

About Your Politics (And Mine…)

About Your Politics (And Mine…)

  Confession: I didn’t vote for the candidate who is currently the President of the United States. And I also didn’t vote for the candidate that won the popular vote. (I did vote, however. I consider voting to be a privilege and why would I […]

Of Baths and Bombs

When I was young, I read all the time. Everywhere. Everywhere, all the time. At breakfast I read cereal boxes. In my grandparents’ basement, I read (really) old Life magazines. At the dentist, I read Highlights magazine. During non-school, non-play, non-homework time, I could be […]