Community

The Weight and Joy of Community

I call my neighbor Robyn in the morning on my way to the hair salon. “What’s up?” she says, with her characteristic full laugh.   “Just getting my hair colored,” I say. “Do you think I should go with dark…

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Breaking Bread with The Leftovers

On the advice from a friend, I recently watched the critically-acclaimed HBO series, The Leftovers.   And by “I watched,” I mean this:   I watched the pilot, got really excited, watched another two or three episodes, got my wife…

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The Defenders and Law Enforcement

Following in the footsteps of its older, more popular sibling series, Marvel bills The Defenders as Netflix’s prestigious streaming TV alternative to The Avengers.   The Defenders are Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, a blind attorney with supernaturally-heightened senses and martial…

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Privilege, Blessing, and Others

Six years ago my wife and I had the choice before us of where to send our oldest son to school. Our neighborhood public school had been in a state of constant flux for years as administrators and teachers moved…

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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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Returning to What was Left Behind

I held the gold key with its thick maroon tassel between my hands. It was my twenty-first birthday and the key was a gift my parents purchased in Spain. A memento from the old city of Grenada, once home to…

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How to deal with abuse of my children by other family members?

[Note from the Editor: This is an unusual piece for Off the Page. However, when the question was submitted to us, we knew we needed to respond. The best things to do for the victim is listening to their story…

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Killing Relationships One Need at a Time

I’m a sucker for cartoons. Cartoons are kind of like fairy tales. In stepping away from the usual rules of “reality” they can help us see the world, and our part in it, more clearly.   Finding Dory is like that…

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The Hustle

I have an acquaintance who started one of those on-the-side, make-a-little-extra-cash-selling-products-you-already-use businesses. We don’t see each other often, so when I ran into her last Thursday we casually chatted and caught up.   “How’s it going?” “Good!” The products sell…

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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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