Tag Archives: family

Rhythms of Grace – deficiencies and sufficiencies

[Today’s guest post is from Gricel Medina.] Since I was a child I have always suffered from a particular vitamin deficiency. My body would respond with symptoms that alerted my mom that it is was time to get my blood … Continue reading

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Taking My Dad to Concerts and the ER

Back in the 70s when I was still a teen, my Dad would take me to concerts. These weren’t concerts I wanted to go to and he’d drive. These were concerts he wanted to go to and – after I … Continue reading

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Stalwart Men & Noble Women

[In today’s guest post Elena Williams (a pseudonym) writes of a painful childhood at the hands of family and church, and her experience with God that drew her through and brought her to a place of life and rest in … Continue reading

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When Cousins Come Calling

[Based on a true story or two.] “Oh, hey,” I said, looking around the restaurant without really seeing anything. “Did your brother make it?” “He’s holding a table for us.” “Sorry you had to leave work early to meet me … Continue reading

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How I Spent Black Friday: a cautionary tale on apprehension

[From the archives.] Black Friday holds no attraction for me, no allure, no batting eyelashes drawing me to the stores. What most malls look like on this day Black Friday – NBC News I went to the mall on Black … Continue reading

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Defining the Relationship – when DTRs meet faith

[From the archives.] Where Love Exists My son and daughter are both in college, so I hear a lot about relationships*. It’s not so much romance, but more about friendships and roommates. It might also be about their friends’ and … Continue reading

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Valuing Public Education 

Education is valuable. Quality education, that is. You can find good education and bad in every type – public, private, charter, parochial or home-school. The loudest criticism seems directed at public education. It makes sense. There are almost ten times … Continue reading

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Black Friday, Anxiety, and Me

[From the archives.] Black Friday – NBC News Black Friday holds no attraction for me, no allure, no batting eyelashes drawing me to the stores. I went to the mall on Black Friday. A Question Never Before Posed to Me … Continue reading

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Root Beer Salvation

Yakima was a sleepy town in the 60s, and much different from the stretch of northern California coastline where I grew up. Cold in the winter and hot in the summer, that’s what I remember about Yakima from when I … Continue reading

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A Half Birthday List Is Better Than None

I had no idea half birthdays existed until I met the woman who would become my wife. She not only celebrates people’s birthdays but also the point in the year half-way to their next birthday. Well, as someone who thinks … Continue reading

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