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hunger is a distraction that can’t be ignored

April 1, 2013
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“The woman next to you just paid for your lunch.” I looked at this blonde stranger with incredulity in my eyes. I was as hungry as I let myself get. I’d been digging in my purse to find my wallet. It wasn’t there. I left it on my desk when I took it out to […]

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freeing lobsters and baby jesus = contagious love

December 24, 2012
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What do lobsters have to do with the birth of baby Jesus? It’s a fair question. The manger has always been a story of hope and redemption. Humble God, decides not just to become human, but also to arrive to an unwed mother and is first laid in an animal’s feed trough. Not exactly a […]

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giving from the heart with liberated life project

December 18, 2012
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This December has felt different at my home. I’m off my rhythm. Now, with the events in Connecticut I feel even more adrift. When I was growing up, whenever I felt hollow or lonely, my father urged me to do something with my hands and my mother encouraged me to help someone. Both things always […]

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how I solved my writing conundrum in 8 minutes by tuning into my brain’s neuroplasticity

August 7, 2012
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Sometimes I sit at my computer waiting for the words to come. And they don’t. So I fidget. And Google. Then I begin to panic. My amygdala (that little part of my brain that controls fight and flight) can’t tell the difference between this type of computer conundrum and a herd of angry cattle eager […]

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telling the truth with authentic gesture

July 27, 2012
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Dr. Nick Morgan is grateful he can cross his arms when he wants to be left alone, or that his lips turn naturally upward in a smile of welcome when his wife walks in the room. There was a time, just after his 17th birthday that he had to make a conscious effort for the […]

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change the world with cupcakes and stories

February 28, 2012
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A few of the prisoners had never had a cupcake baked for them. I knew this because it is where I taught writing for 8 weeks at a youth correctional facility near my home last summer. I learned that even my sub-standard cupcakes that are sometimes the last to be purchased at school bake sales can […]

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feeling my way to freedom

January 23, 2012
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Welcome guest blogger Stacia from MyFluffyBunnies! One Sunday last August, I crashed a Vespa on vacation in Florence. My tibia cracked just below the knee, right there on the dusty Tuscan roadside. After four days in the hospital, I had surgery. Four days after that, my husband and I finally flew home to Romania. Home. […]

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december dilemma

December 14, 2011
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Welcome guest blogger Kristen from Motherese! This year Christmas falls smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah. This fact would have meant nothing to me as a child. Now it means a lot. Growing up, I was a good Catholic girl who went to a Catholic school in a largely Catholic town. I went to […]

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embrace the pauses

December 6, 2011
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The house in which I grew up was alternately silent and boisterous. At a big dinner table I often found it difficult to ask for the salt let alone voice my opinion. SuziCate is my guest today and she speaks to the crowded dinner tables during the month of December. I hope you find some solace […]

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can we lead with softness?

September 29, 2011
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I live in a country where a huge number of people don’t want to give a last meal to a person headed to the gallows and it makes me want to barf. What does that say about us? Who are we cultivating in our citizenry?   Texas Senator John Whitmire says, “I have long been […]

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summer’s sharing harvest

September 12, 2011
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Blogging is a way to meet and make new friends. I find myself sitting at a banquet table resplendent with tales from other lives to nourish me with insight just because I click. It’s a tasty feast to be sure and every bit as bountiful as the most generous garden. Here’s a taste of what […]

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