I Am Not A Pacifist (But I Live In That Land)

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We are swimming in the deep waters of a typical summer. There is reading on the porch (the librarian looks at me with wide eyes when she tells me the number of books we have …

Culture

September 02 2014

Depression is Real

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I. I began and abandoned this post a month ago. I couldn't find the words—or the courage—to finish it. For so many reasons. Then came the heartbreaking news of Robin Williams. Which was quickly followed by a tsunami wave …

Culture

September 01 2014

The Artist Who Forgives

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The fear and frustration of “I can’t do my longing justice and feed my children” is somehow compassionately softened by the trying anyway at both, each day. --Sarah Masen The pastor offered that there would be …

Culture

August 29 2014

I am afraid

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that you are afraid that you with the once-big questions and the once-big wild and wandering heart have wedged into a hollow of answers that won't keep you up at night, that won't nip at your heels or ask your Belief to reckon, that fit …

Editor Letter

August 27 2014

Recovery Room: The Path Through Pain

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Welcome to the Recovery Room, a monthly editorial series where I consider the process of coming clean from the addictions that bind. For me, it’s alcohol. For you, perhaps it’s pills, or cutting, or eating, …

To Grow As Tall a Tree As God Has Planted

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I was far away from home when a friend of a friend said she had a word from God for me. She had been praying about it for weeks. I sat on a tall stool …

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