Hiding in Plain Sight

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A ring of keys swung from her hip, and I could hear her clinking down the hall long before she came into view. Her name was Ida, and she was the geriatric security guard employed by my high school to police the front doors. We held opposing goals; mine was to avoid her and all other adults while … [continue]

Falling Free: A Book Giveaway

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"Hallelujah, there is no one-mission-fits-all. Heartbreak, loneliness, isolation, and lack aren’t organized by zip code, and he’s begging all of us not to detour around the pain." ~Shannan Martin in Falling Free I live in an affluent area, surrounded by affluent people, doing whatever it is the … [continue]

On Transformation and Weakness Made Strong

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"Now that I look back, it seems to me that in all that deep darkness a miracle was preparing." ~Marilyn Robinson in Gilead We've easily spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on her smile. First it was the headgear, then pulled teeth, then braces, and retainers, and unbelievably, braces again. I … [continue]

Three Strategies for Dealing with our Kids’ Mistakes

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Before I had children, I assumed if you raised them right and prayed enough and set the very best example, they’d skip the rebellious stage. The lying stage. The sneak out and drink, or swear or post terrible things on social media, stage. They’d love God and love me, and I’d pat myself on the back … [continue]

When You Wish You Started Sooner

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One after the other, when asked what they would do differently for the next assignment, each student said, "I'd get started sooner and stop procrastinating."  I listened from a seat in the corner of the classroom, and their lament struck a chord with me. They were all of eighteen years old, and even … [continue]