Author: MJ Almdale

Turning Worry into Gratitude

It’s two o’clock on Tuesday, and you’re tired. You’re at work and you want to go home, but once you’re home you’ll have more stress, more responsibility. You look ahead into your life and it seems hard, or boring, or…

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Finding an Identity Away from Home

Mount Desert Island, Maine. 14 May 2016. I am the only young woman sitting in the church who is over twenty and under thirty. I am local in the sense that I am not on vacation. I live ten minutes…

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Hindsight

I’ve been reading a book, Molly Fox’s Birthday. It’s about two women who are friends and who swap houses for a few days. One woman is an actor, the other a playwright. They have a mutual friend named Andrew. In…

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Consciously Finding Your Path

Last week I spoke with a pastor on the phone and we had an hour’s worth of “spiritual counseling.” For the record, I first started these conversations last summer. The last time I’d spoken with this pastor in this capacity,…

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The Mennonite Way: Connectedness and the Hesston Shooting

The town of Hesston, Kansas, was recently rocked by a shooting that left four people dead and fourteen injured. The shooter, an employee at Hesston’s Excel Industries, was one of those four. The event may stand in some Americans’ minds…

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Halfhearted About God

In the darkness of my parents’ basement I slide open the movie drawer, looking for the sky blue case of the VHS tape of Hoosiers. I don’t find it. It’s not there. Maybe it’s broken? Or maybe, I start to…

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Thinking of Home

It was too hot for October. Dreamy in a way, but very strange.   I was covered in sunshine, sitting on a wooden bench in Brunswick, Maine. It’s a smallish town with a nice main street—even if it wasn’t sunny…

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Coconut Curry

So here’s the thing. I’m twenty-six years old, single, tall. I run for fun, I love to eat, and I write as often as I can and as well as I can.   In the month of August, I lived…

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On Being Homeless

I work in Seal Harbor, Maine, an affluent corner of Mount Desert Island, a rather nookish location that seems unaffected by time or by the outside world. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a big, big city, I don’t…

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Home is Not a Place

I am an islander now. I live off the coast of beautiful, breathtaking Maine. I live in Vacationland, the land of fishing villages and harbor towns, of lobster and loons, of peace and quiet.   Very often I find myself…

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