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[Memoir Mondays] Stuck at Home, part one

[Memoir Mondays] Stuck at Home, part one

February 20, 1993             When I woke up, I felt happy. I could go home today! I packed my things so I would be ready. (Well, my Mom and Dad helped me pack my stuff.)             In the afternoon, a nurse helped me into a wheelchair. They pushed me downstairs to...

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[Memoir Mondays] When I was only eight

[Memoir Mondays] When I was only eight

When I was only eight, I wanted to delay the inevitable. But the doctor said no. I visited the orthopedist often as a child. I slept with removable casts on my arms and legs every night. I wore them for years as a form of physical therapy. We wanted to improve...

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Five Minute Friday: I don’t want to fly

Five Minute Friday: I don’t want to fly

Some days fly by. Seasons can be over before you realized what happened or what you forgot to do. We can rush through certain times of the year without fully welcoming each individual day. Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. The weeks in between can be marked by...

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On Finding Focus & Writing Plans

On Finding Focus & Writing Plans

Blogging hasn’t happened much in six weeks. I’ve only posted once. I think I needed a break to refocus my writing efforts and find the courage to keep going. It’s not that I quit chasing my dream. I needed to grow a writing habit because consistency is important for...

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An Open Letter to the World

An Open Letter to the World

This is a part of the Open Letter Challenge writing contest hosted by Josh Irby. I’m writing a response to the Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World. Dear World, I read your letter recently and I’m encouraged by your words. I pull it out on occasion to...

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Five Minute Friday: She Grew

Five Minute Friday: She Grew

She used to not take naps in preschool. She got her name put on the board for talking in kindergarten. She didn’t want to miss anything. Slowing down was for the night. But she didn’t like to talk with strangers. She was afraid of the unfamiliar, of leaving comfort...

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September 11: thoughts and a poem

September 11: thoughts and a poem

Senior year began the Tuesday before everything changed. Both of my brothers had already left for college. I heard the news about 9:30 in the morning. Environmental science class was ending and the word of what was happening in New York City slowly spread through my...

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Five Minute Friday: As Red Leaves Drop

Five Minute Friday: As Red Leaves Drop

Fall is coming when the wind begins to blow. Red leaves drop, mixing with yellow and the fading green grass. Red flowers close up and trees grow bare, waiting for the briskness of winter. Just as strawberries mark the month of May, apples are the flavor of fall. I am...

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Five Minute Friday: On Worship & the return of September

Five Minute Friday: On Worship & the return of September

Sunday brings the return of September. I look forward to the return of the fall season, not just for the pleasantness of sipping warm coffee on a cool morning or the joy of adding colorful cardigans to an outfit. Those are fun, simple gifts that are a part of the...

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Five Minute Friday: When the Writing Rhythm Doesn’t Last

Five Minute Friday: When the Writing Rhythm Doesn’t Last

I don’t remember the last time I wrote every day for a whole week. I think it was a couple of months ago, but it’s hard to say. I don’t remember the last time I went a day without sitting with writing thoughts and letting them stir in my mind. I love words and I am a...

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