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Prayer for the mother of adolescents

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice” – St. Francis of Assisi Five years ago, I worked part time teaching one sixth grade home-economics class at the end of the day. Sixth grade is often the turning point for a lot of kids – it is the year that the adolescent insecurities begin (read more…)

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Cultivating (the friends in) your own backyard

S ay what you will about Facebook, it does serve at least one purpose really well: it affords us the ability to keep up with worldwide friends like we’ve never before. And lately, I’ve been keenly aware just how spread out my dearest friends are. This spring trip of ours, traveling all over the country (read more…)

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Deep & wide

Making friends as an adult is much harder that I anticipated. I always assumed by this stage in the game I would have mastered the art of small talk and would have this uncanny ability to attract new friends wherever I went. I’m 30 years old (ok…31 in April if we’re being transparent) and I (read more…)

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On taking a regular Screen Sabbath

Confession: our TV is on almost daily. It’s not on all day, and we’re super selective about what gets watched. We do Netflix and Hulu instead of traditional television, so we’re not inundated with ridiculous ads, and it’s never on just as background noise (music is almost always on when the TV isn’t). We’re big (read more…)

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Same same, but different

In Thailand, there’s a touristy shirt we’d see at all the cheap market booths. On the front, it says, “Same Same.” On the back, it says, “Different.” Yeah, I don’t really get it either, except for this general meaning—comparing two things can equally be the same and different. Chocolate and vanilla ice cream—the same in (read more…)

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