Culture

January 07 2014

Losing Mandela

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How appropriate that my South African sister broke the news to me – Mandela died. I picked my daughter up from school and before we were out of the carpool lane I cried again, telling her …

About Settling Down . . .

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You think you know so much when you’re twenty years old. When that third decade begins, you’re a little bit full of yourself, impressed with what you’ve learned in school and in life, and convinced …

Culture

January 06 2014

Sickness Like a Highway

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mage source I somehow thought taking Titus along to his appointments at Mayo would leave me primed for words. My intentions were grand, and I really did lean into scenes like poetry was about to happen, …

When You’re Starving on Sundays

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On Good Friday last year, God told me it was time to go back to church. I went on Easter and couldn’t really get into it. I tried, of course. I sat with the friend who hadn’t …

Family

January 06 2014

To Thine Own Underwear be True

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  I had been dawdling and day-dreaming until my mom's repeated warnings that if we were going to go to the mall we had to leave now finally made their way to my brain. I jumped …

Culture

January 03 2014

Steinbeck’s Opal

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It was the 24th of last month and after all the Christmas gifts had been wrapped and placed under the tree, my husband and I finally went to bed, and as all good parents do, …

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