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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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March 23, 2021
A Prayer for Boulder

Holy God, We are reeling again. Ten people killed while they were shopping for chips, milk, and maybe some ice cream. The people on news reports were saying, "That's my grocery store.  That could have been me." Who among us hasn't run into the store for a few things? Who among us hasn't watched the […]

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January 12, 2021
The Laughing Episode

Maybe this has happened to you. You’re some place fairly serious, aiming to have a fairly serious conversation, and suddenly something strikes you funny. Something that isn’t actually funny in real life. Oh, say, bowel cancer. Or blood clots. Something unanimously unfunny. But, you see, outside of this fairly serious conversation, you’ve been navigating some […]

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January 21, 2019
I Married an Alcoholic.

This holds some honest truths and rough language. Read with that awareness and without my apologies, because when you tell someone else’s story, you don’t change the words. On one of our first dates, Peter dissected his heart on the table.  He told me who he was.  He wanted to give me every opportunity leave […]

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January 7, 2019
65 Things I want to Tell You. Or, Eight.

"Oh, good. Tricia brought her list," say my friends who've known me longest.  "Nobody else we know runs a coffee date like a board meeting.  But she brought her list of things we need to discuss." Sometimes that's what I need to do. How else do you cover everything? 1. Happy New Year.  While my […]

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August 8, 2018
Love, Hunger, and Middle School Moms

School starts tomorrow. Perhaps you can hear me tapdancing. We've entered the stage where I now say on repeat, "Why are you eating that? Those are for school." "Buddy, if you're thirsty, pour yourself a glass of water. The bottled water is for School." "Dude. If you're hungry, make a peanut butter sandwich. The frozen […]

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March 28, 2018
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 have a good reason." "Can you find a good reason?" "I can't, actually." "I wish you could." "I'm sorry to tell you, you didn't get that mom." "It's a dumb test, Mom. It doesn't even […]

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January 5, 2018
A Letter to Gracie

An open letter to Gracie Parrish, the young widow of fallen warrior, Deputy Zackari Parrish, who was killed responding to a call in our community last Sunday. Dear Gracie, You looked so beautiful today, dear one. I have watched from afar, as your husband's motorcade traveled two blocks from my home, as media helicopters circled […]

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January 2, 2018
New Year, New Word

It's time. New Year: New Word. I want to learn. I have some specific things I'm working at learning, and I want to be intentionally open to what I don't know that I don't know. I am most energized and fulfilled when I am actively learning. Learn more about my craft of writing. Learn more about […]

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December 29, 2017
Who Spiked the Eggnog?

"Hey, Mom, I would spike the eggnog for a dollar." My son said this. And my eyebrows went up. "I'm sorry?" "If you paid me a dollar, I'd spike the eggnog." Now, we do have a long family history of dollar bets. They are good and funny and always about making the memory and not […]

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December 15, 2017
My Own Christmas Miracle

Have you ever read a letter to someone else and felt absolutely certain it was written to you? It's an odd thing. Like eavesdropping and finding the clue to the golden ticket. It's a holy thing, that moment. I was reading Isaiah for a different reason when I happened onto this verse: The Lord has […]

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December 13, 2017
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 11, 2017
Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.

Peter and I introduced the boys to Survivor. Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. The social game of getting to the top without burning all your bridges, lest one forgets that all those eliminated after The Merge will hence be on The Jury. My kids are in. Saturday night is Survivor night at our house. (Thanks, miracle of […]

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December 6, 2017
Grandma's House, Grandma's Books

"You go pick out all the books you want, and Grandma will be there in just a minute to read to you." I remember how my feet stuck out in front of me, since my legs were too short for my knees to even bend at the end of the cushion. I was just a […]

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December 4, 2017
The Champions of December: A Love Note to the Teachers

Let's talk about who's really killing it during the month of December: The Teachers. They're planning units that are the perfect blend of both celebratory and politically correct. They're orchestrating learning centers involving candy canes and reindeer. They're utilizing extra amounts of glitter and glue, all of which travel home with them and stay on […]

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December 1, 2017
Good Morning, December.

"Good morning, December. Welcome back, lovely one. I'm kind of bored with you." These were my first thoughts this morning. I confess. They're not pretty. I've spent quite a few years now numbing myself to the sights and sounds of December. The month begins, and I wrap myself in cotton to avoid feeling. There's too […]

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November 27, 2017
Me and The Justice League

I'm not saying I didn't want to see the movie. I'm just saying it definitely wasn't my first choice. But sometimes, when it's a whole-family outing, my estrogen is outnumbered and their collective testosterone wins the movie choice. In moments like this one, I have a mantra I repeat in my mind: "Suspend your reality. […]

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November 26, 2017
My Name Looks the Same in Polish

Dear Tricia, We are pleased to let you know that your NavPress book, You can Do This, has been licensed for publication in a Polish edition. We are grateful that your book continues to reach new audiences all over the world. Congratulations on this new edition of your book, and thank you for your partnership […]

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November 22, 2017
It Takes a Gingerbread Village

Let me tell you what husbands love.  When they're in Thanksgiving Mode, bustling around in to-do mentality, consumed with the tasks of preparation, they love-love-love it when you say, "Oh, I forgot to tell you. We're making gingerbread houses today." "You and the boys can do that." "No, I got one for you, too." "Tricia." […]

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November 20, 2017
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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