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December 22, 2021
"Favored."

My first husband died eleven years ago, on the morning of December 23, 2010. In the days to follow, I released this personal account of his final hours, the story I must write. Please be advised, these paragraphs are graphic, detailed, personal, and mine. Read with caution, respect, and care. These words hold my very […]

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December 17, 2021
Repeat the Sounding Joy

I have been thinking of the words, "Let every heart prepare him room." As we prepare our homes, decorate our trees, hang our lights, frost our cookies, and prepare our feasts, we are preparing room.  We are making space to remember: something amazing happened.  They waited for him then, and we wait for him now. […]

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October 23, 2021
Chocolate for a Cellist

Knock, Knock. Who's there? Something that should matter to you. Something that should matter to you - who? Yes. And also Where and When and How and For What Purpose and For What Cause. Everything matters.   There's so much to care about. Everybody is giving me more things to care about.  The headlines are […]

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June 21, 2021
Even When He Doesn't: A Piece with Ann Voskamp

My husband (Peter) and I have two vastly different stories of faith miracles. He begged and pleaded with God from a desperate place in a jail cell, and God told him yes. The miracle is that he was set free. I begged and pleaded with God from a desperate place on my bedroom floor as […]

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January 7, 2021
A Riff on the Lord's Prayer for a Morning Like This

Our Father, Father to all of us and each of us, Of those who violently stormed our nation's capitol yesterday And those who watched in horror from our homes, Staring in disbelief in fear While people broke windows and stormed hallways; You are Lord above all of this and in all of this. Hallowed be […]

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December 22, 2020
That Time When I Lost a Manuscript

Tricia said: "Laptop, Open Manuscript." And the Laptop said, "File Not Found." Tricia said: "Look again, laptop.  Find it, please." And the Laptop said, "File Not Found." I had spent weeks working on my second round of edits for my new book, This Book Is For You: Loving God's Words in Your Actual Life. And […]

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September 21, 2020
Raindrops, Bicycle Gears, and Morrie

Three things have happened, and they are sorting themselves into the same space of my mind, as if they belong there together. First, I sat outside during a summer evening rain shower.  The tasks of the day were finished, we were in the after-dinner space of each doing our own thing, and I was sitting […]

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June 5, 2020
"... but I don't know what to say."

When my family goes away for a bit, things fall to pieces. When we got on the cruise ship in March, it was still safe to travel.  When we got off the ship, the pandemic had hit, and we barely made it home.  Everything had changed.  Schools were closing, small businesses were sinking, and nobody […]

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March 19, 2020
The Sadness is Real: An Open Letter to the Teachers

"What's keeping you awake at night?" A friend of mine asks this question when she wants to get the to the heart of what's on the minds of the people she loves. The worries that keep us awake at night can point to the core of who we are. What's on my mind tonight? The […]

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November 18, 2019
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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October 10, 2019
The Passport You Don't Need Yet

"Tricia, how can I stop living in fear? I'm worried that something will happen to the person I love. How can I keep this fear from paralyzing me?" This question, it's so pure, honest, true, and real. How can I keep from being afraid all the time? Here's what I said to this person who […]

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September 17, 2019
Live It Well.

"I would do it all again. I wouldn’t have spared myself any of the pain that I have gone through by loving hard, and by loving what death can touch. I wouldn’t change that. I think sometimes we try to protect ourselves from the inevitable, and really, that's where grace is. Grace is in the […]

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August 30, 2019
The Great Wrigley Test

"So, Tricia, do you love baseball?" People ask me this question often, and I have a standard true answer: "I love Peter, and I like to be where he is." Given a free evening and some extra cash, he's usually at the baseball diamond. So, if you're in Chicago and you love baseball, you should […]

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July 29, 2019
"It gets better."

"Mom, I wish you had some kind of record of the things I said when I was little." The incredulous look on my face may have been apparent to him, and I didn't mind.  I wasn't hiding it. "Tyler, are you kidding me right now?" "Yeah, I just wish there was some way to know […]

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July 2, 2019
That's Some Serious Staying Power

When death comes at the end of a long life, we don’t wonder if it was time. We don’t wonder if God is good. But when death comes unexpectedly to a child or a teenager or a young parent, it is hard to believe that death can be a good thing. It is hard to […]

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May 21, 2019
Springtime Snow and Sad Days

Yep. It snowed. Quite a bit, actually. Summer break starts on Friday, the community pools open on Monday, and we are in several inches of snow in Colorado.  It's all Facebook can talk about.  We are a whole city irritated. The tree limbs all look so defeated today.  All bent over, hanging low, burdened. No, […]

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May 10, 2019
To Say Their Names

"Let me find a picture that shows her hair," she said, scrolling through the pictures on her phone. We were standing at the book table in the back of the event center. She scrolled through dozens of photos until she found one with her daughter's curly mop of tendrils. She turned her phone to show […]

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May 9, 2019
Sam the Friendship Dog

“Is he a police dog?” “No, he’s a friendship dog.” “Why is he here?” “We brought him to your school to see if anybody would like to pet him. Maybe somebody needs a friend today.” “I do. I need a friend.” “Then Sam is here to see you.” We brought our pal Sam to some […]

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November 26, 2018
Monsters Doing Pushups: Christmastime Is Here

I dreamt that Robb was alive. In my dream, he had been alive all of these last eight years, but everyone who knew had kept it a secret from me. He had been in some kind of hospital somewhere, and he had now been released. And I was his wife. People who matter to me […]

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August 27, 2018
So Big, So Small

It was a February day When your dad came by, before going away A U-Haul truck in the driveway The day it was suddenly real I told you not to come outside But you saw that truck And you smiled so wide A real live truck in your driveway We let you sit behind the […]

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