Journal

Faith

On Seasons (Après Summer)

Après: French for after  We’re hovering in that beautiful après time… between summer’s fade to end and autumn’s begin. I’m holding on to the golden summer from these snapshots. It was travel and new friends. Visits from dear family (sweet baby nephews!) who live halfway across the globe. Speaking some. Writing lots. Prepping for kids’…
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On Letting Go

I spent the better part of this week letting go. I spent the better part of this week in a garage surrounded by boxes, old clothes, nicknacks and whatnots, memories from yesteryear — and a few scary spidery insects that wanted to be friends with me. Besides the few times I screamed at the top of…
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On Exploring

EXPLORE: (v.) Travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it. What do you want to explore — a new career, calling, purpose or dream? I awoke thinking about exploration this morning. Our family took a short hike through the woods yesterday and we’re planning…
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On Dreams

Look out, dear friends, on this lovely Friday — look out and DREAM BIG. This photo was snapped by a friend a couple of years ago. I was waiting for a dinner meeting and was caught unaware… dreaming of becoming an author again. I post it from time to time because it’s a reminder to…
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On Remembrance

I’d always looked up to my grandmother She was a mentor in my life and her opinion mattered greatly to me. She also suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in her final years, which stole much from this beautiful, once active college professor — including the memories she’d built up in more than eighty years of living. We’d…
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On Failure

What are you afraid of most, Mommy? We were driving to school and my four year-old’s question bounced up out of the back seat, catching me completely off guard. I honestly had to think about it before giving him an answer. Creepy-crawly things give me the heebie-jeebies, so I’m not partial to spiders. (I will scream…
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On Labels (I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends?)

I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends? It’s a question we shouldn’t have to ask, but we still do. I’ve had friends over the years who’ve held a range of beliefs outside of my Christian faith—Islam, Hinduism, Animism, Judaism, Paganism, and no religious affiliation being a few among them. Some were Christians once and…
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