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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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June 14, 2022
I'm Terrible about the Eye Doctor

I hate going to the eye doctor.  I hate it, and so I don't go. I should go, especially because I have a vision disorder that makes my eyes very, very tired for most of the day. But I don't go because I consider these some of the joys of being an adult: choosing when […]

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May 24, 2022
Too Many Times.

We are reeling once more. I can't process it this time. I can't seem to go near it. Lunchboxes and backpacks and band-aids and freckles. These are not headlines and casualties. These are children. I can't go near it.  It's too big to hold. The phrase "My God" is trending on Twitter. The world is […]

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May 11, 2022
Two Hundred Tuesdays

I often wonder how friendships are born. I think about this a lot, actually. Are they part of a greater story, characters who were always meant to be together? Or is it a matter of "right place at the right time?" Are friendships like seeds planted in the soil of our lives, and they grow […]

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April 24, 2022
Thoughts on Prom Night

I was standing on the sidelines, technically behind the sidelines, tucked into a grove of pine trees. Anywhere else I stood in the expanse of this historical mansion, and I’d end up in the background of somebody’s photos. Traditionally, prom is an event for only juniors and seniors, but if the theatre community likes a […]

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April 10, 2022
The Thing about a Parade

I've been in my share of parades. Probably more than my share, actually. Marching band parades, down the main street and next to the fire station of my home town, ringing in the glorious mark of Memorial Day. (You have to love a town that has a Memorial Day Parade.) Halloween parades with a whole […]

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April 5, 2022
The Caboose and the Lantern Rouge

I have always been the caboose, always at the end of the line putting all my people in front of me.  I was pushing a stroller, then a double stroller, then a stroller again.  Sometimes with a toddler beside me, but always still in front of me.  From the moment they were mobile, I have […]

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February 28, 2022
A New Book: To Be Concluded

Once upon a time, I read the book My One Word. If you've been around for my writing, or teaching, or thinking out loud at a dinner party, you may know that book changed my life, revolutionizing the ways that I think about change, growth, and a New Year. As far as longevity and influence […]

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February 10, 2022
"Your Dad Has Sepsis."

This week, I learned that Sepsis does not, in fact, have the power to take from me every man I love. On Thursday, my dad had a minor out-patient procedure. On Friday, he had a fever and started acting strange. On Saturday morning, my mom called 9-1-1. She called me.  "They're on their way." "What's […]

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January 28, 2022
Brick Wall

We are at the life stage where the boys come home late at night after a shift at work or a musical theater rehearsal, and then they scrounge the cupboards for evening snacks like Ramen or quesadillas. There is much talk most mornings about the rogue dishes that show up long after the kitchen is […]

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January 14, 2022
I Had a Thing for Mr. Rogers

When I was a little girl, I loved watching Mr. Rogers. I would sit in my living room and stare at the TV, watching so closely and listening to whatever he was talking about, soaking it all in. I loved his sweater and his shoes, I loved when he would feed the fish. Admittedly, I […]

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January 6, 2022
Coming This Sunday: A Brand New Class

I had spent a couple of years without a place to call home on Sunday mornings.  There were no real reasons, I guess, but one week at home had turned into a few weeks, then into a few months, into a straight-up sabbatical from Sunday morning routines. Church and me: we were on a break. […]

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December 31, 2021
Confused and Full of Cheese

I wrote this week that we have now officially entered the week of the year when I have no idea what day it is, and I wander from room to room in my pajamas, carrying all of my new books, and eating a Christmas cookie. My friend Angie sent me a meme that shares my […]

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