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December 7, 2022
Slaps.

Our family schedule now allows for exactly two dinners together each week. Two nights a week, I pull out all the stops and turn on the oven. Tonight, we had Dip Dinner. Spinach Artichoke dip, Guacamole, Salsa, Queso. Focaccia, naan, club crackers, and tortilla chips. My young men said, “Wow, Mom. This slaps hard.” (???) […]

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December 7, 2022
The Artist's Blessing

My fellow artists, makers, thinkers, crafters, creatives, Have you ever wondered where your ideas come from? Whether they're yours or entirely and wholly other? Ever wondered how these ideas find you, whether you generated them or if they're floating around waiting to be claimed, or if someone sent them to you? I've wondered. Most artists […]

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December 5, 2022
She Knows What's Beautiful

My pastor told the story this weekend of a now-famous experiment conducted by Gene Weingarten from the Washington Post.  Weingarten interviewed Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, to see what he thought might happen if one of the world's greatest violinists performed incognito during the rush hour of foot traffic in the […]

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December 2, 2022
You Write To Me.

You write to me. Your children have died, before they were born, before they could walk, before they turned 12, before their Prom, before their babies were born, before it was time, before you were ready, and who would ever be ready? Your marriages have died. He left. She left. He gave up. She gave […]

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December 1, 2022
Waymaking at the Train Station

I am sitting in Denver's Union Station. I'm not taking a train anywhere, but the station is pure magic to me.  The coming and going, the people, and their packages in hand and suitcases on wheels, the silver-grey, silver-bell tree that defines the words "blue spruce." It feels like some movie maker could lift a […]

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November 18, 2022
Baby Ben, a Digital Robot, & My First Go at Grandparenting

My memory-keeper apps brought up this story from a year ago, when we got to know Baby Ben the digital robot, and I had my first go at grandparenting.  Tuck was in tenth grade, and he was taking a child development class. He was learning and talking about words like breastfeeding, umbilical cord, placenta, and contractions.  […]

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November 16, 2022
Trees and Lights and Timing: Let It Be

'Tis the season for all the sparkly things. I live in a house divided, and the majority of us are itching to deck the halls. One of us drags her feet, not so eager to bring up the boxes from the basement.  For some of us, sparkly things are prickly things. I used to love […]

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November 9, 2022
Too Soon for Neuter Jokes, Mom.

The puppies were spayed and neutered yesterday. Molly's was laparoscopic, two small incisions, so she seems to be doing well. Getting around the house, even climbed the steps to greet me today, which she wasn't supposed to do.  But dogs will do what they want to see their person. She is wearing a little tank […]

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November 4, 2022
Listen, I Know It Wasn't Safe.

I was driving home on a cold November evening, when I pulled up to a stoplight at a busy intersection. I saw a familiar face: a homeless man whom I've claimed as a friend of mine. His name is David. He lives outside in our city, making the rounds in a 4-mile radius. He shows […]

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November 3, 2022
On Thankfulness and Not Eloping

I have a (deeply empathic) friend who feels sorry for Thanksgiving every year. She says it gets swallowed up in the aftermath of Halloween candy and the early arrival of Christmas on the shelves, and it’s tucked right next to Black Friday. Poor Thanksgiving, forced into a too-small seat of humility between the kids table […]

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November 2, 2022
A Voice and A Choice

“Tricia, this weekend we will be spending time with a ten-year-old boy whose mom died recently.  What cues do you have for me for interacting with a heartbroken boy?  Our time together is probably meant to be a fun distraction, NOT a heart-to-heart conversation moment, but I am just curious what sort of support was […]

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November 1, 2022
If Ever You Need to Feel Brave

"I was brave?" the four-year-old asked. "You were -- you are brave," Eddie told her. "What does brave mean?" Ruth asked him. "It means that you don't cry," Eddie said. "I cried a little," Ruth pointed out. "A little is okay," Eddie told her.  "Brave means that you accept what happens to you -- you […]

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October 31, 2022
Dynamic Duos and "The Guy with the Hoe"

Today makes seventeen halloweens. And I have very little to do with any of it.  I'm now the comfy lady who comes to the door and gives out candy. But for the years when I was in charge of costuming, I loved dressing my kids as dynamic duos for Halloween. Mario and Luigi, Buzz and […]

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October 30, 2022
The Miracle of a Little Boy's Lunch

Maybe it’s because I am forever a hostess at heart, and wherever there is a party there is also food a’ plenty. Or maybe it’s just because I love when a story comes to life, especially when I can get into the minds of the characters. Either way, whether I’m thinking with my head, my […]

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October 29, 2022
Just Create: A Myth About Christian Art

What's the deal with Christian art? Why is some of it - most of it - so boring, so two-dimensional? Who delights in two dimensions? Who delights in muted shades when we could see with brilliant color? Are we afraid we'll misrepresent God with an angry poem? A story without a happy ending? A dark painting? A […]

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October 28, 2022
Thanks a lot, Eve.

I know Eve’s story. So do you. She’s the reason we have mosquito bites and skin cancer and miscarriages and adultery. She ate the apple, and everything we’ve never known fell to pieces. Thanks a lot, Eve. We know you and your story. But I read her story today and discovered something new. I love […]

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October 21, 2022
Juggling the Glass and the Plastic

I read recently about an interview with author Nora Roberts, where someone asked her how to balance writing and kids. (Anything of this specific genre grabs my attention faster than a barista calling out the cup with my name on it.) She said the key to juggling is to know that some of the balls […]

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October 20, 2022
A New Book, a New Home, and a Real Hero

This is my friend, Israel “DT” Del Toro Jr. DT is a real American hero, retired as Senior Master Sergeant in the Air Force. He was blown up when his humvee rolled over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He had third degree burns over 80% of his body, he was in a coma for four […]

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August 15, 2022
Widows and Chick-fil-A Sauce

There's a widow in our community whom I have long known from afar. I wrote an open letter to her years ago, after her husband was shot and killed on duty as a law enforcement officer. I am pretty sure I spotted her in the corner booth at Chick-fil-A this week. Not in a creepy […]

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August 12, 2022
Freedom, Tight Shoes, and Green Beans from the Freezer

On my birthday, I exhaled into a new word: Freedom.  For nearly three weeks of my new age of 43, I've been letting this word show me what it means. So far, Freedom means giving away the shoes that hurt my feet.  I have long heard women older than me say things like, "I am […]

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