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The Ways God’s People Vote

I was in high school when the 2000 presidential election came down to the hanging chads in Florida. My dad and I hang on every word the 24-hour news cycle gives us. While I was writing about boys and dreams…

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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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Oxygen Masks and Justice

The plane boards, the seat belt lights illuminate, and the flight attendants dutifully close the overhead storage compartments. The pilot’s voice comes through the announcement speakers welcoming everybody aboard and offering a brief flight overview. Next, the calming yet chipper…

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The Need for Community Can Be a “Rogue One”

So there’s no getting around it. If you haven’t yet seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, bookmark this piece and stop now, because it is FULL OF SPOILERS.   But I’m guessing you’ve already seen it, not just because…

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Finding Beauty in People Who Don’t Look Like Me

I experienced a wave of culture shock when I first began my job. I have moved from one vaguely Eastern European community to another since birth, from rural Northeast Ohio to rural North Central Ohio back to semi-rural Northeast Ohio….

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The Blessed Sacrament of Potlucks

When I was little, my mom had a thing about mall bathrooms. As in, she wouldn’t let me go into them alone. Until I was sixteen.   I’m not talking some of the grand malls of the world, no Taj…

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Interview with Esther Emery | What Falls from the Sky

I’ve followed Esther Emery’s work for several years, and appreciated her as both a writer and a friend. She has a habit of challenging me to think outside the box and this book, a memoir of a year in her…

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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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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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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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