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Don’t Call Me a Millennial

It seems like I can’t make it through a day without hearing a generalization about our generation. The word “millennial” is tossed around a lot, with many different definitions, but usually what people mean when they say it is: young people….

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Interviewing Shauna Niequist about her book Present Over Perfect

I started reading Shauna Niequist’s books right after college. I’ve always found her to be an honest, vulnerable voice. Her willingness to share her own journey of growth and faith has continued to encourage me. Today her latest book, Present Over…

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Fireworks, War, and Justice

Independence Day and I have a complicated relationship. I have fond memories from my childhood—packing a picnic and going to an all-day festival with my family. We’d lay our blanket on the grassy hillside and wait until nightfall. A military…

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A Night at the Circus: Looking for Beauty in Wedding Season

I accept wedding invitations because of the beauty. No matter how simple or elaborate the ceremony or the reception, it’s always there. It’s in a quick hand squeeze between parents of the bride or groom, or that moment when everyone…

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The Unexpected Love Triangle of Captain America: Civil War

There’s a sweet, moving, and, yes, nontraditional love story hiding in plain sight in Captain America: Civil War, the thirteenth release in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.   It’s not the inevitable, flimsy romance that develops between Steve Rogers (Captain…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I got an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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Prince: The Good Samaritan Who Dwelled Among Us

When the legendary musician Prince passed away, I expected to hear “music genius,” “legend,” and “icon.” However, words like generous, humanitarian, and philanthropist stood out even more. Friends, family members, and people Prince worked with who were interviewed all commented…

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Son, You Need to Lead with Love

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally…

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When Shame Goes Viral

We are ridiculously talented at creating buzzwords. One of the most popular buzzwords right now is ______-shaming (enter your category of choice in the blank). One woman was accused of “fat-shaming” when she shared pictures of her chiseled physique just…

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Adam McHugh’s The Listening Life Interview Part Two

I’ve been a fan of Adam McHugh’s writing since his first book, Introverts in the Church. Recently, he released The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction. It’s a book with a counter-cultural message, and a gentle spirit….

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