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I’m Not that Smart, and Other Things I Fear Being Made Public

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in God at Work, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance | 4 comments

I’m Not that Smart, and Other Things I Fear Being Made Public

I bought this book because I’m trying to become smarter. Before you say, “Oh, stop that! You’re already smart. You’re a writer. You edit books and teach writing workshops. You have the choir music memorized before some singers have decided whether to sing the first soprano part or the second. You just want people to post comments about how amazing your mind is,” let me explain. Several weeks ago, a horrible feeling came over me while helping Nathan study for the vocabulary portion of his English final, which focused mostly on root words....

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Cousin Friends

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

Cousin Friends

I am writing my post later than usual today because we just returned from our family cabin. The highlight of the trip was a day with my cousin/friend Melinda, who gave me this: She also took me to a great bookstore, where I bought this: Before the bookstore, we picked up her mom, Corinne, and went out to lunch at a great place called The Pickle Patch, that looks very ordinary from the outside until you walk to the garden seating area and feel like you’re in Downtown Danville. Melinda’s husband Al stopped by to say hello, and took this...

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Me, the Judge and Jury

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

Me, the Judge and Jury

The other night, a friend and I compared notes on why we avoid political discussions. I have always disliked them, but until this year I’d participated in so few that I probably wasn’t qualified to hate them yet. Kind of like when people warn all their Facebook friends about the evils of a book they’ve never read, based on one paragraph taken out of context. My typical routine was to sit quietly trembling while other people discussed their views, and consider which friend would be the safest to risk offending if they paused long enough to ask...

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“Make Good Choices!”

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

“Make Good Choices!”

“Make good choices!” Anyone with kids has heard this whether we’ve said it out loud or not. Those of us who refuse to utter anything this cheesy unless we’re joking around (which I never do, not ever) have other ways of reminding our children that good choices contribute to happier days. “Remember what happened the last time you did that?” “Be good so we can have movie night.” “Okay, you basically got yourself in trouble because I literally just warned you not to do that.” “Just so we’re on the same page, if you do anything that results in...

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Pie Friends

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

Pie Friends

When my friend Julie and I declare it time for pie, it often means that one or both of us needs to unload about something before heading into Nation’s for the equivalent of ¼ of a cream pie, which, I was stunned to realize, is what one regular slice equals. If we’re less hungry, we opt for the small slice, which is only 1/5. We both struggle with decision making, so we order two desserts and split them, or split one dessert and fries. If neither of us ate dinner, we split pie, fries, and a burger. Pie is always involved (cheesecake counts),...

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