Why I Think You Should (Sometimes) Ignore Your Children

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I am a contemplative Christian. But I am not the kind with a cloister. I'm not even the kind with a door that locks. I'm the kind with a toddler who gets into the trash. …

Those Who Are Not Like Us

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“Does everyone have their wristbands? You can’t get in without a wristband!” It was an unusually clear day in downtown Los Angeles, where I was standing outside the Japanese American History museum, using my stern mom …

Why I Avoided Christians Who Lost Their Faith

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I had a lot of reasons to hate Clark. We were polar opposites in every way. I’m a driven, self-starter who would rather die than break the rules. He was the atypical slacker who did the …

Family

July 24 2014

suffer slow

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There we were. We were all there, in the same place, at the same time – little sprigs slowly opening to warmth again.  It takes time to be okay again, and that’s just fine. The speed …

Culture

July 24 2014

Lovers and Fighters

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I’m more of a lover than I am a fighter. But my therapist says that women in their thirties stop getting hurt and start getting angry. Several years ago I got into a near-yelling match with …

Little Help from Our Friends

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Years ago, when our boys were little, we had a small community of friends that gathered in our home for several years. One evening, our youngest asked, in eager expectation, whether our friends were coming …

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