On Renewing Hope

I sit on the porch on this early spring evening, darkness descending.  The wind blusters, crinkling the long-withered leaves unburied from their wintery prison, and I sigh. It sounds like my soul, withered and crinkled in the weight of all my mistakes and missteps. The sound whispers to me of the things I still wrestle…

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Connections in a Digital Age

Lately, I have been ruminating on the idea of connection in a digital world. I live and love via technology in so many ways: teaching online, skyping overseas, messaging across hundreds and thousands of miles, even forming new relationships through a screen. Mediated life can be a fascinating thing. We reveal ourselves through technology in…

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On Sorrow and Hope

The skies are grey and blustery. The slush splashes up on my pantlegs as I walk. My steps betray the weariness of my heart. The day reflects the dreariness of how the world feels to me today. Today, a friend lost her father. Today, an orphaned child weeps into the phone because he is separated…

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

The world is a broken place, and can often feel overwhelming and terrifying. Wars, disease, and human rights violations fill our televisions. It’s sometimes easier to pretend it’s not happening. We pin, we post, we play photographer. We create worlds of bright and shiny. It’s understandable, and necessary. We cannot forget the beautiful even in…

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