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Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

A new year is ripe with fresh possibilities. Clean slates are synonymous with blank canvas beginnings. Turning the page, moving forward, reaching for new heights is often the theme of a new start, and the prospect of being different is rich with anticipation. The opportunity for something new seems to be welcomed this year like…… Continue reading Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

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Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Despite difficult relationships, unusual circumstances, and unruly emotions, the season offers a renewed sense of hope and wonder. There is a mix of mystery and whimsy that begins budding and stirring before the Thanksgiving meal ends. I delight in remembering the time at my grandparent’s house when…… Continue reading Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

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Be The One Time

It was an inarticulate sorrow that came in waves every other year, but if I am honest, it was one that I had known all my life–not just when I began sharing custody of my children. Loss is difficult. Change is excruciating. Growth hurts. Healing takes time. Establishing tradition was desired and difficult with a…… Continue reading Be The One Time

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Quarantine Chronicles 10.0

Are you confused or conflicted within the constraints of our current cultural climate? What started as an extended Spring Break has turned into a chaotic hibernation isolation. Entertaining doubt, exploring controversies, and engaging in heated debates have become the pillars of an ordinary day. Weary feels understated for the current condition of my soul. Layers…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 10.0

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Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

We have witnessed our fair share of hoarding during quarantine. It started with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but it did not take long for canned goods and meat to be added to the list of “hard to find” items. The nation responded with a mix of irritation and justification. If you had the sacred…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

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Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

Remember 1,000 days ago when people started doing puzzles and home projects? Remember when we were side-eyeing everyone to see how we were supposed to endure the shelter-in-place status? Remember when people were sprinkling sentences with phrases like “extra” and “free” time?   Some of you still have a strong puzzle game. Some have lost…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

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Moment of Truth Monday

If given the option, I would defer to the easy path and avoid the messy middle. Pain is not appealing when comfort is available. My guess is that you would lean the same direction. We are living in a time when we have no choice but to be encircled by the unexpected. Expect the unexpected…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

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Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

Chasing slow is counter-cultural. Many of us have grown accustomed to hustling through our days, and I wonder if the imposed slowdown is inviting us to measure the details of our lives. Most of us grow restless after a few seconds of imposed stillness, but what would happen if we used this time to pay…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

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Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

While communities scramble for rations of toilet paper and milk, everyday problems and matters of the heart have not let up. Suffering is showing up-business as usual. While taking care of one of our children post-surgery, we were presented with unexpected news and a decision that taxed our minds and labored our hearts. We grappled…… Continue reading Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out