Family

June 19 2014

Content Matters

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 The main content of my life has been getting married and raising children. ~ Jim Harrison, Returning to Earth The other day I heard a young man say I want to live for a cause greater than …

The God I Don’t Believe In

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"Are you even a Christian anymore?" I sit on the edge of my bed, nervously picking at the fringe of the goldenrod damask bedcover I bought in the Year of Independence after college, among the first …

Culture

June 19 2014

The Man from Salalah

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Louis C.K. and a Chair in the Sky On the last evening of 2011, as daylight blurred into nightfall, I sat quietly in a plane on a runway flanked by desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I …

MAYBE IT’S TIME TO SETTLE

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During circle time at 7th grade summer camp, I was encouraged to write down my list of what I wanted in a future husband. Surrounded by other girls with bad perms, braces, and training bras, …

Tone Policing the “Culture Wars”

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Like every other major, the Political Science students had a Senior Seminar course to wrap up their degrees. It was supposed to be a group-centric, student-led thing, allowing the professor a few more coffee breaks …

Rick Steves, Anniversaries and Italy

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This is a story about being married. It's an anniversary story, an old one, nearly twenty years ago now, but a true one, and a good one. It began as an adventure, sank pretty quickly …

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