Month: November 2015

Black Lives Matter and the Life Giving Power of Words

Black Lives Matter has been the source of much contention and debate in recent months. In response to ongoing incidents involving police resulting in the deaths of Black Americans, “Black Lives Matter” is a bold statement declaring that the lives of…

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Relating to Parents in Our Twenties

Something happens in our relationship with our parents as we crawl from age 20 to 30.   Fights are no longer about curfew or getting grounded; they are deeper, full of blame, and laced in personal dysfunction. “You were never…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: Crisis of Trust & Faith

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is, more than any of the other films in the Hunger Games franchise, a war movie. The handful of new characters who show up for this final installment are defined by their military rank…

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The Life to Come

About three years ago, my mom had some weird abdominal pain, went to the emergency room, and learned she had kidney cancer. Six weeks later, the doctors removed one of her kidneys, and ever since, the weight of chronic illness…

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Not Allowing Terror to Cast Out Love

The most recent terrorist attacks in France have once again forced Christians to face head-on the question, what can we say in the face of violence? What can we do? What are we supposed to feel? Sadness, lament, outrage, anger,…

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Feeling Weary

The sensation isn’t your typical fatigue.   It’s accompanied by a host of other ailments both physiological and psychological: shortness of breath, fear, Jell-O legs, dread, and rationalizations. A survival mechanism seems to set in, trying to trick you into…

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Dear Addie: Introduction

This fall, at a weird little “resort” in the Wisconsin Dells that had two goats and a wasp-infested outdoor pool, I cracked open Cheryl Strayed’s book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, and I learned…

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Learning from Paris: Triumphing in Tragedy

My family warned me about going on the trip. The phone calls, text messages, and emails came in rapidly after eight members from varying sects of ISIS executed a calculated attack in the 11th arr. of Paris, just miles from…

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