Embracing Boundaries

Recently, I was in the food court of a large mall. The area teamed with people of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities. Near the end of our meal, a mother and two children sat at the table next to us. The daughter was about ten years old, the son about two. It soon became apparent […]

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Finding Your Propellers

Here, at the end of January, I find myself sputtering, trying to gain traction on a new year. Things I had planned to accomplish this month have failed to take off. While there are some legitimate reasons,—sickness, grandchild care (which I totally enjoyed!), weather, fatigue—part of the January slowdown can simply be attributed to lack […]

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Goal Setting Prompts Forward Motion

The subject of resolutions always pops up on the cusp of a new year. Some faithfully make a list and approach the new year with determination to follow through. Others, after years of resolving to do better with exercise, diet, money management, tackling difficult tasks, or whatever, don’t even bother to set goals anymore because […]

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New Year, Clean Slate

A new year is refreshing. Part of the allure of January is the idea of new beginnings. No matter what happened the year before, here is a chance to start fresh. The promise of possibility beckons. Anticipation and hope mingle to propel you forward into the unknown. Just as snow blankets the ground and covers […]

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The Wise Still Seek

Often assigned the names Melchior, Balthasar, and Gaspar, I’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at the Wise Men this Christmas. I’ve always liked the minor melody of the carol We Three Kings and speculated on the background and personalities of the men from “orient are.” If you follow the perspective of children’s picture books, nativity […]

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Grief at Christmas

Christmas is almost here, and while I am very thankful for the addition of two sweet babies to our family, I feel a familiar grief. I miss my parents and other family members who are not longer with us. While my grief isn’t acute, it is there nonetheless. Some days grief manifests in waves of […]

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Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Last week, our church choir offered two presentations of Christmas music. As a member of the choir, I know all that went into the preparation—hours of listening to and singing along with practice tapes, memorization of difficult passages by studying the printed music, extended rehearsal times, “bonus” rehearsals, and tedious technical rehearsals for diction and […]

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Broken Things

Tucked away in my kitchen cabinet are broken things—a ceramic boy with a cello, a favorite china Santa Claus from my childhood, two decapitated figurines, other assorted bits and pieces, as well as the cracked pottery basket that houses them. While my intentions are good to restore these pieces to wholeness with glue and a […]

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