Ace Ventura, I Am, and me…

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The movie that coined the phrase “All-righty Then” has brought me much joy and laughter since its debut. In fact my husband, Ben, affectionately calls me Melissa Ventura because of my love for animals and …

Family

August 21 2014

God is Like a Mother

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There are childhood memories that will not let you loose. One of mine comes from 7th grade when I spent several days ravaged by an infernal fever. I remember the concern because the heat hovered …

The Prodigal (A Theologically Correct Parable)

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There was a man who had two sons. The Younger Son said, “Give me the share of your estate that falls to me.” So the Father divided his wealth between them. Not many days later, the Younger Son …

Culture

August 20 2014

A Black Boy is Dead

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There are two of me this morning. One of me is sitting in a coffee shop in my favorite neighborhood in Seattle, enjoying the last and precious days of a glorious summer vacation. Honestly, it's …

That Time We Walked Out Of a Church Service

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I’m not the protesting kind, the find-a-cause-and-fight-for-it kind, or the poster-making party kind.  Even though I love a good rhyme, I'm not even the pithy political chant creating kind. No, I prefer to be more …

Family

August 19 2014

It’s okay

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The night before we left for training I laid in bed and bawled. My best friend had come over that evening and we had caught up on one of our favorite guilty pleasure shows, MST3King it, …

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