Month: November 2016

Advent for All, Week 1: Hope

Whether you find yourself in church this Advent or struggling to step foot in its doors, it’s possible to experience the hope of Advent.   Hope can be a dangerous thing.   I’m not talking about the small hopes: I hope…

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Coloring My Prayers

When adult coloring books starting hitting the market, I was one of the first to think they were cool. I believed easily that they would help with stress, that a little time with some crayons or colored pencils might calm…

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Keep Magic in Christmas

When my children were finally old enough to do more than cry and crawl, I began a family tradition many others have around the holidays: the advent calendar. The goal was to plan an activity of some kind—large or small—for…

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Bound to Each Other: Walks with Lily

Each year the state of Maine issues a select number of moose permits for hunters who have bid into a lottery. There are many hunters who have bid-in every year for maybe ten, twenty, or thirty years, but never win…

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Finding Post-Election Commonality During the Holidays | Dear Addie #12

Hi Addie:  I found your site when I googled “how to talk to Evangelicals.” (No kidding). Then I read one of your posts about witnessing and I really liked it.  I’m a progressive Jew from a small town in the…

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Harry Potter and the Complexities of Adulthood

I didn’t want to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My friends posted about it on Facebook, and it stared at me from large posters at Barnes and Noble. Amazon suggested it to me relentlessly. But I resisted.  …

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Lady Gaga’s Quest for Truth in Joanne

Lady Gaga is known for crazy outfits (meat dress, Kermit the Frog) and memorable award show entrances (everyone remembers the egg!). Her tantalizing lyrics often aren’t safe for younger ears, and she is well known for her sexuality and pushing…

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Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

I ordered Enuma Okoro’s book, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent, sight unseen on the internet several years ago. It has become a treasured yearly companion, giving me space to process waiting, worry, doubt, and what it means when…

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I Married an Undocumented Immigrant

I knew very little about immigration when I met my husband. I’d grown up in the Bible Belt South, and it always seemed like a faraway issue that didn’t really affect me. I had general ideas that sneaking across the…

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A Letter to My Daughter on Her Body

I’m not sure how to talk about this. But I’m scared for you, my daughter. You have such a bubbly, sweet, and fiery soul, and this makes me afraid that the world is going to tell you to stop listening…

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