Where the wild things roam

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When I close my eyes in bed at night, the images come to me. They flash like pictures from a reel of film, a flicker and they're gone, moving straight away from one to the next. They vary from the beautiful to the grotesque. A piece of jewelry, a man's face, a low slung moon, a woman's hands, an … [continue]

Home at last

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A friend mentioned her daughter wants to attend university overseas, and she wants my daughter, her best friend, to attend school in Europe with her. In spite of all our moving around, her daughter and my oldest girl have been besties for almost eight years. I didn't have the heart to tell my … [continue]

Saving my sanity: A list

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You should know, I am not my best self around the holidays, I'm probably my truest self, but certainly not my best. This time of year sends me into a frenzy of holiday distraction and people-hangovers and shopping madness. I have multiple virtual carts loaded with items I don't need, and I spend … [continue]

To hold longing

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I hand-picked the peeling birch branches we cut off the dying tree in the backyard. They’re white and spare and beautiful. Last Christmas, I hung small white doves from every twig. They sat like tiny messengers delivering a promise of peace for the year to come. This year, I chose those same … [continue]

Light bearing

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“…so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:15 My son entered the world of light and noise and oxygen on a day when the windows stayed open. A breeze blew the … [continue]