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Grass Stains and Touchdowns

I love to watch kids playing football. Their varying degrees of grass stains, interest, and commitment. It looked like a [...]
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I Want To Show This To You.

There are things in my life that are too beautiful for words, so sacred, so layered that I can’t really [...]
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To Be Part of the Song

Today I read an essay about a monk in a monastery, who, when asked why he was a monk, said, [...]
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Thank You, Tina.

Dear Tina, I don’t know you, but your words saved my heart tonight. Tina writes: “Let me preface all of [...]
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Oh, Prom. You Mess With My Heart.

I found out on Tuesday that prom was happening.   I mean, I knew prom was happening, the same way [...]
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April 9 Book Release : You Are Safe Now

Here’s what happened. More than a dozen years ago, my husband died unexpectedly, and the blog I had been writing [...]
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I Married an Alcoholic.

This holds some honest truths and rough language. Read with that awareness and without my apologies, because when you tell [...]
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How to Help When You Don’t Know What To Do

How To Help When You Don’t Know What To Do There is a lot of sadness in my community. In [...]
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Food Courts and School Buses: An Abstract Pondering

Seating is so limited at the mall today that people have resorted to sharing tables with strangers.   How very [...]
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Elf On The Shelf: I Did Not See That Coming

Do a quick Pinterest search for the Elf on the Shelf, and you’ll find headlines like these: 75 easy ideas [...]
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There’s Always One

I have a collection of letters from recent fourth graders, full of advice and well wishes for a new school [...]
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An Indispensible resource

You Are Safe Now

Okay, my friends. I have many things to tell you. Big Things. In the last more-than-a-decade that we’ve been sharing [...]
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A Patriot’s Promise

A Patriot’s Promise is released TODAY, on the Fourth of July. Already #1 in THREE categories on the Amazon market, [...]
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The Power of “This.”

Significance is a desire within us, a birthright. We each long to matter, to be extraordinary, to be outstanding, to [...]
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We Call Her Big Mama

We call her Big Mama, and sometimes Mama Cass. She is the giant red umbrella that shades our patio during [...]
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The Worst Dog I Ever Had

“We rescued him from the mall.” That’s what I always say to describe how he came to be ours. In [...]
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This Mom, Other Moms, Shining Stars and State Testing

“Mom, can you opt us out of the state testing?” “Why?” “Because some other moms are doing that.” “Maybe they [...]
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That’s Not Everything About Her

We had just introduced ourselves, this group of people who would share the day together.  They’re somewhere in between learning [...]
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Names I Can’t Say Yet

I have students whose names I cannot pronounce yet. I’ve never learned how to read these collections of letters. When [...]
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The Big Magic of Living, Breathing Ideas

“Tell me about a book you’ve read more than once.”  This is how you can find some of the best [...]
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You Are Safe Now

Available April 9, 2024

This Book Is for You

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Just. You. Wait.

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You Can Do This

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Let's Pretend We're Normal

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And Life Comes Back

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