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MLK: Wisdom for Today

In this time of turmoil in the United States, I find myself wishing that a fellow like Martin Luther King was still with us.  How we need his wisdom today! While we remember him as an advocate of healthy race relationships, I think his words speak to today’s political climate fueling so much division. Our country has been besieged by violence the likes of which has not been seen for decades. ...

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Easy Tips for Surviving Quarantine with Kids

I don’t know about you, but when the helpful “Surviving Quarantine” tips I read make me feel like quarantine is one more way I’m failing my children, they are far from helpful. Is this one-woman shop really supposed to replace school, music lessons, dance rehearsals and sports practice all in one fell swoop? Seriously? Not to mention keeping the laundry flowing, and “healthy pantry staples” meals on the table, all ...

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10 Benefits of a Pandemic

In a recent conversation with my daughter, I postulated that there might be benefits to this virus, Covid-19.  She nearly whispered, “I do not dare speak those words—but I think I agree.”  I am going to speak those words, friends.  And I preface the following by saying that I recognize that anything causing terrible infirmity and even death is not a good thing.  Understand that this writer is a cancer ...

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Ignoring Differences

On my way to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, I had to exit the interstate to gas up my rental car before turning it in.  I wasn't thinking about where I was, or even what it looked like; I just needed a gas station. I was getting ready to fill up the car when these two large, young, black men who were doing the same thing yelled across the station to ...

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When Lightning Strikes

This morning, I was approached by a man outside of a McDonald's who said he had seen me in the store, and was prompted by the Holy Spirit to give me a message.  The message was "You are going to be fine."  For someone still recovering from the effects of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer, there is really only one place your mind goes when given a message ...

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Traveling Light

Cleaning out my mother's house made me determined to run right home and do a similar decluttering in my own.  After all, when do we ever have the motivation to work our way back to the last stray paperclip in the junk drawer, unless we have to hand the house over to someone else, right?  It just seems like so many spaces in our house lie cluttered, and dormant, and ...

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Heavenly Victory

It's been a while since I've had as satisfying an evening as watching Clemson decidedly triumph over Alabama, 44-16, in the national championship game.  And before my Alabama friends get their feelings bruised, let me explain why. First, there was the way Clemson played: with abandon, and like they had nothing to lose.  The players and coaches actually looked like they were having fun, which is a nice thing to see ...

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Introducing the Young YOU!

Last week, I had the privilege of cleaning out my mother’s home of forty-five years.  The happy news is that she is still super healthy and living in Melbourne, Forida, equidistant between my two brothers.  Her home in Ft. Lauderdale (the one I was emptying) was extremely organized, but she did have 3400 square feet pretty much completely full, despite the fact that she had been living in her new ...

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Mollie

I’m sure many of you, like me, were devastated to hear news of Mollie Tibbet’s body being discovered in a rural corn field.  Mollie was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who should have been starting her sophomore year of college this fall. Her life took a tragic turn on July 18th, when a man who shouldn’t even have been in this country saw her running, abducted and murdered her. This story ...

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The Sound of Silence, Part 2

You really didn’t think that rant could be confined to a single post, did you?  I offer one more observation where public air space is concerned. During our spring break vacation, there was a family in our condo who could be identified by the volume of the kids’ voices; you didn’t even have to see them to know who was coming around the corner.  At the pool, there was no-holds-barred, top-of-lungs ...

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