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Do You See That Love Is the Mortar That Binds Us Together?

I love looking at things in new ways or finding meaning where none existed before. Such was the case when David, a friend of mine, shared with me what he learned about one of the brick walls in our church. Continue reading “Do You See That Love Is the Mortar That Binds Us Together?”

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The “Lasts” Go By in the Blink of an Eye

Odd, anxious kid that I was, when the dog that I grew up with got older, I used to “practice” saying goodbye to her. I would think to myself, “What if this was the last time you’re ever going to get to pet her?” And…in those moments, I could never stop petting her until I let go of that morose notion. Continue reading “The “Lasts” Go By in the Blink of an Eye”

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Sitting with You in the Suckiness

Losses. Fights. Scarcity. Illness. Abuse. Accidents. We don’t need Freud to tell us that no one gets through life unscathed. We merely have to live it. And I’ve lived long enough to experience how the hard parts of life help create you—shape you. Continue reading “Sitting with You in the Suckiness”

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It’s Very Difficult to Say Looking in Your Eyes

There is an unfortunate growth of mob mentality happening in the U.S. these days. It’s heartbreaking to me because it is rooted in negativity, hatred, and fear…and that never goes anywhere good. Continue reading “It’s Very Difficult to Say Looking in Your Eyes”

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Don’t Wait for Someday to Be Amazing

As a parent, I sometimes hear myself as though I was another person and…pretty much want to slap myself right upside the head. It’s kind of like in cartoons where you see a “spirit” pull out of the character’s body for whatever reason, and then eventually pop back into “oneness.” When I pop back into myself, I am sometimes able to shift gears from Naginator back to mom. This is a good thing. Continue reading “Don’t Wait for Someday to Be Amazing”

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This Is Why My Vote Truly Represents My Faith

Tomorrow is primary election day in Illinois…my (very troubled) state. As the debacle around last week’s protest of Trump in Chicago illustrated, it has the potential to be unstable—and, let’s face it—there’s no getting around the fact that, so far, this presidential election has been nonsensical on many levels. Continue reading “This Is Why My Vote Truly Represents My Faith”