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A new rudder

I was outspoken, often saying words and never thinking about them before (or after) they escaped my mouth. As Proverbs says, “I was like a [madwoman] with flaming arrows or darts” releasing hurt and shame onto others with my wit, and thoughtless jokes or judgmental criticism. The flaming arrows of my childhood, when matched with […]

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Mrs. Longstaff

Mrs. Longstaff was tall, with big white curls that bounced when she walked, each curl like the bushy tail of a squirrel. She was fair in color, with thin lips that pursed for most every emotion she had, save for when she was mad, then she smiled. In the off chance that someone dared cut […]

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Roots

My life seems to have themed seasons. Does yours? Though some are clearer than others, they are always there, often marked by a key word or idea that continually comes up in various conversation, devotions and through readings. Ironically to me, it has even seemed  that each season lasts just long enough for me  to […]

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Commas, Semi-colons and Jesus

Sentences are independent clauses. They begin with capital letters and end with periods. They have too; otherwise we do not know when to pause and breath. Semi-colons exist because sometimes the simple breath of a period is too long a pause between two independent clauses that go hand in hand. The semi-colon is there for […]

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Pausa

In Spanish, the word for break is Pausa…its Latin root is where we derive the English word Pause.  I heard a lot of Spanish and did a lot of “pausing” this past week. My family took a 10 day vacation to visit my parents at their humble nest in Orlando. Sun and beach and March […]

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when 20 children die

I, like most mothers in America, sat on my couch in front of the breaking news—and wept. Through my tears, I heard a commentator mention that beyond the tragedy itself, the timing was tragic, as the Christmas countdown is on. He even quoted a parent recalling their child’s last words that morning, something about a […]

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T.V., Books and Jesus

My sister and I were chatting on the phone about a particular new television series she has started watching, one of many to choose from this fall. In that conversation, she pointed out how there was a day when T.V. was on the bottom of celebrity hierarchy, and Hollywood’s big screen was where an actor […]

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The Word

I have always loved words. I was a bookworm when I was young and fell in love with the art of poetry in high school. In college I majored in Journalism. And now, clearly the passion lives on through Real Eyes and teaching writing. I suspect, that since all of humanity was created in the […]

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Olympic Thinking

It seems only appropriate that the Olympics are this summer. It is a fitting culmination to a memorable and wildly pivotal year. We returned from 10 months of international travel last August and since then have (among other things): started new jobs, launched a business, bought a house and had a baby… June 25th, Moriah […]

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Back to the basics

I recently accepted a very part time position teaching a Senior Thesis Writing Course at a Christian charter high school here in Minneapolis. It begins in the fall. I have done a considerable amount of volunteer work affiliated with the school over the past year. With Real Eyes, my journalism background and sincere love for […]

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