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November 4, 2017
Tom Hanks and Peter: Dads Do It Differently

Tom Hanks just released a book of short stories, and that alone has nearly been more than my reading heart can handle. It's pure brilliance and delight. Couple that with the fact that I'm listening to him read in his timeless, iconic voice on Audible even as I read along with my hardback copy, and […]

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November 3, 2017
Cape Shopping and the Mess in My Head

You guys, it gets so messy in my head. Peter said the other day, "What are you thinking right now? Go." "Nothing." "You're thinking something. I know that look." "No, really nothing," I said. "No, really something," he said. Because he's Peter, who chases after my thoughts. "Okay, I was thinking about how it's been […]

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October 30, 2017
Cable Knit Sweaters and Marching Bands

When we were in high school, my parents gave my brother a sweater for Christmas. It was quite simply the very best sweater ever. Soft wool, shades of tan and ecru, cable knit design on the front, extra long sleeves, and just the right length. Ultra comfy. He loved it. And so did I. We […]

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October 26, 2017
You Have Not Wasted a Single Breath

"Persist." Pure persistence will carry you where no amount of talent, skill, aptitude, and experience can. Persistence will take you where all the networking and name-dropping in Christendom cannot go, because persistence still has you on your feet when the majority hit the couch over the next inconvenience. Persist. When it seems the anointing has […]

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October 19, 2017
Me, too.

Yes, me too. My high school teacher gave me a detention and then invited me to lay down on his desk while he graded papers. When I didn’t do it, he lowered my grade in his class. He said I could have kept the grade if I had accepted the invitation. I stayed after school […]

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October 12, 2017
It Can't Be Defined in Four Letters

We have one word for love. How very silly of us. Such definition can't be wrapped up in four letters. The Greeks, in their linguistic prowess, had four words for love. Now that's more like it. They have a word for the kind of love that is all inclusive, healing, unconditional, and wholly other: Agape. […]

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October 9, 2017
Inside the Las Vegas Shooting: a Survivor's Story of Heroes

Debbi, a 61-year-old woman from California, was on a girls' weekend to Vegas, celebrating a couple of birthdays with her girlfriends. The country music scene isn't necessarily her favorite, but she went with her friends to the Jason Aldean concert. Debbi was part of the shooting. She was right next to the stage when the shooting started. […]

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October 5, 2017
Sometimes They Belong Someplace Bigger

Tyler found a roly-poly, one of those little black bugs that curls up into a ball. He found it as we were walking up the sidewalk to deposit Tucker in the line of kindergarten students. Incidentally, it wasn't a nature walk, yet there we were, caught up in investigation. Some of us are better at […]

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September 29, 2017
Julia and Dolly

There's this story I love about Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton, back in the late eighties when they were filming one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias.   I love that movie. I probably need to watch it again. (Somebody should warn Peter.) Steel Magnolias was filmed in Louisiana, and the heat was suffocating. Everybody was […]

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September 27, 2017
Nora Ephron's Five Words

I love Nora Ephron. I learn from her every chance I can. I am reading Way More Than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills. This is a snippet from her talk to the graduating class of 1996 at her own alma mater, Wellesely College. "We have a game we play […]

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September 25, 2017
Writing and Mothering: Celebrate Everything.

I went to a writer's retreat last week, an incubated three days in a think tank with writers, authors, editors, and influencers. It was everything I wanted and needed that I didn't know I was missing in my life. I acquired pages and pages of notes and ideas and conversations over hours and wine and […]

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September 18, 2017
The Narrow Window for Morning Words

There is this window of time in the morning where I feel compelled to be present but I'm not really ready. It's concurrent with my cup of coffee, in the brief window before the oldest leaves to walk and before the youngest is awake. I sit in a central location, and I supervise the morning. […]

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September 14, 2017
That Time When I Plagiarized. Accidentally.

I was riding on the wings of a book launch, when energy and excitement are high, and the invitations for radio interviews, podcasts, and guest blog posts filled the pages of my calendar.  I was delighted to have one of the most coveted (can Christians say coveted?) invitations, a guest post on a blog that’s […]

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September 11, 2017
Lessons from a Soggy Swimsuit

In our family, you have some decisions to make on your birthday. Do you want a one-afternoon birthday party with your friends, or do you want a two-day something for the four of us? And do you wish for presents to open? Or do you want an experience to enjoy? Probably, it's possible to achieve […]

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September 8, 2017
Authentic Intimacy: On the Air with Dr. Juli Slattery

"When the light goes out, you can't just turn it back on and pretend it never went out. When you lose someone that you loved that intimately, it is a privilege to feel sad for as long as you feel sad. It is a privilege to have loved that hard, and it is a shame […]

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September 5, 2017
The Noticing Game

The teacher's name, Mr. Snodgrass, was printed on the chalkboard in careful block letters. Mr. Snodgrass himself stood before us. He was in his early thirties, I'd guess now, though at the time I identified him as solidly middle-aged, an adult, somewhere in that slow, unwieldy moment that seemed to go on forever. He wore […]

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September 3, 2017
Because It Is Sunday

"Sundays are family days, the days where the rhythms of church and brunch and afternoon football ease you into rest before the workweek begins. Sunday is the brief intermission before putting on tailored pants, brushing your hair, and working for a vested 401(k). I would venture to guess that fewer people floss on Sundays than, […]

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September 1, 2017
What Does Houston Need? Underwear.

"I'm going to ask you for what we really need," Brené Brown said on her Instagram video that she filmed from the NRG stadium in Houston. Houston had done an all-call for licensed social workers, and so of course she went to volunteer with other social workers, medical personnel, and volunteers. In the video, Brené […]

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August 30, 2017
The Worst Parts and the Retelling

"Remember when you went camping and it rained the whole time and you were soaking wet and the car got a flat tire and the raccoons got into your food? (Insert a similar story here.) When you tell that story years later at a dinner party, you tell it with a smile on your face, […]

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August 29, 2017
Jen Hatmaker, Brené Brown, and Tender, Whole-Hearted Brilliance

I'm in that post-book-launch, anchorless place of the writing curve.  There are times when I wake up in the morning, and I think, "I don't know what in the world I'm going to write about today. I don't have anything to say to anyone at all." And sometimes I think this is because writing really […]

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