Author: Kate Motaung

Love from Behind a Gate

I heard the familiar clinking against the metal gate at the end of our driveway. Peering through the window, I saw her standing on the sidewalk. Waiting.   She came fairly often — maybe once or twice a month. Most…

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The Effects of Grief During the Holidays

For the first thirty years of my life, my family held fast to the same Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions. Grandma’s warm, pink applesauce passed around her crowded oblong table. Bundling up and trudging through the Christmas tree field the day…

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Where is Home?

I wonder if the main character in the 2015 film Brooklyn would introduce herself as Eilis from Brooklyn or Eilis from Ireland?   I watch her story unfold and see my own in the reflection of her eyes. I ask…

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Disliking the Need for Money

For the first seven years of my life, I lived in blissful ignorance in a 3,000-square-foot home with beach access. Then my dad left—and took his house payments with him. My mom, sister, and I were forced to move to…

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Russell Moore Responds to Donald Trump

Trump’s jab spread all over Twitter the morning of May 9th, 2016. Or perhaps it wasn’t the jab, as much as the unexpected response from Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.   Since…

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