On Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence

“If I drive all the way up there, they better damn well let me see my son, or I’ll get a gun.” These words might have been ripped from the headlines of the recent mass shooting that happened in Texas, where an abusive husband attacked the church congregation his ex-in-laws attended.  At least 27 people…

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Sitting in the Ashes of the Broken

Sometimes love doesn’t seem like enough. Sometimes there is so much broken that it seems impossible to meet the deluge with love. Sometimes things don’t magically fall into place.  The pain doesn’t go away. The goodbye still happens and the choices others make seem completely wrong. None of it feels good.  Or right.  Or the…

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On Holding It All Close

In the age of Instagram and Twitter and all things social, I feel like I’ve been falling behind lately. I’m a fairly social person, and I like to take pictures.  I have been labeled as a “paparazzi” by a certain sassy Latvian, who claims I would take a picture of her on the toilet if…

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Stinky Shirt Saga

Coming on this hosting journey to America isn’t easy. It’s a long trip to a house full of strangers who speak a language you don’t know well, with customs that aren’t familiar. Even a faucet can defeat you. After being here for 24 hours, I asked Peter Pan if he would like to take a…

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Flooding Rains

Last night, my basement flooded. Again. I can’t express how hearing the muffled sounds of water running strikes fear in my heart. You see, I wage war with the water in my basement. When I moved in 8 years ago, the disclosure mentioned that the basement “sometimes gets some water.” The fact that the washer…

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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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