Power of Prayer

When I was a little girl I remember thinking prayer was like some cosmic barter and trade system with the Divine.  My prayer list was like a Christmas list. If I was good enough then God, aka Santa, would gift me with my wishes and hopes.  If I took the time to pray and lift […]

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I’m So Tired

Like many folks during college I barely slept. I remember waking up early for morning cross country practices and then going to bed late into the evening cramming in some last minute studying or paper writing that I surely procrastinated. It might have just been that energetic state of young adulthood where the world was […]

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Tell It How It Is

My Dad’s cousin, the Owen family, own the only funeral parlor in their tiny town in southern Virginia. My Dad and uncles laugh telling stories of playing hide and go seek- crawling into the coffins in the display room only to jump out and scare one another. Growing up as a pastor’s kid I was […]

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Only So Far

When I was a little girl I loved the childhood game of red light-green light.  Not necessarily because I was a good rule follower, but because I loved sneaking. I loved trying to edge my way forward while the leader scanned the group to see who’d “run the red light.” Having worked with younger ones […]

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Making Sense of Chaos

Our family had a funny tradition growing up. After Sunday services we would go home from church and there was mandated quiet time so that my introverted clergy father could have a chance to recharge. But later that evening over the dinner table my father would patiently listen as my brother and I picked apart […]

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Life and Death

I have a friend who on the day she discovered she was pregnant was so overwhelmed with the excitement and joy of life coming into this world that she called and left a voicemail, her voice radiating over the phone. But later in the day, when she and I spoke, her mood was much more […]

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Cheerleading

I was a gymnast until I was twelve. I would go into the gym multiple times a week and then travel on the weekends for various meets. But when I turned twelve I was hit with the desire to be like any “normal” preteen. The thing preteens everywhere crave, feeling normal.  For me this was […]

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Over It

As I write this Sunday afternoon, snow is coming down outside my window in all its’ beauty, and I am over it.  I am over the dark and grey. I am over the cold, of bundling up every time I have to take the dog outside.  I am over sitting in my living room rather […]

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Who Are Our Best Teachers?

Folks often talk about life and experience being the best teachers- and while they aren’t wrong- I have also been blessed with some truly amazing teachers in my life.  Mrs Sharkey’s kindergarten class (best name evvver for a kindergarten teacher) cultivated the magic of Ms Frizzel’s Magic School Bus.  Mr Geekus’ middle school social studies […]

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