• Wonders of the Brokenhearted

    Wonders of the Brokenhearted

      The argument over health care is politically-charged and I have nothing much to add to it other than choices matter. They can make the difference between life and death, between a good life or a miserable one. Mama has choices, and for this day I'm[..]
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  • Biscuits & Black Coffee Run

    Biscuits & Black Coffee Run

    Mama is sitting at the edge of her bed eating a biscuit with jam and drinking a tall black coffee from McDonalds, which Mama declares is pretty good coffee. I am the culprit who snuck the "real food" in. Mama says you can tell everybody[..]
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  • As Women Gather

    As Women Gather

    A week ago I was in a hospital in Spokane, Washington celebrating the birth of our first grandchild. There were tears that day, too, but of a different sort. Tears of joy. I remember little from all those religion classes I took at University but[..]
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  • Breast Pumps & the Fear of the Lord

    Breast Pumps & the Fear of the Lord

    I think a lot about words, how we use them and how prevalent certain words are. Recently I had a discussion with someone about breast pumps. There was a time in my life when breast pump was common terminology in our household and in conversations with friends. When[..]
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  • Bubba Boy’s Birthday

    Bubba Boy’s Birthday

    Thirty-three years ago today, I drank a bottle of Castor oil and got sicker than a yard dog with scours. This after I'd eaten half a watermelon.  This after I'd gone nearly four weeks overdue with my firstborn. It's not just some old wives tale.[..]
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  • Jonah Lehrer: A little too much Imagination

    Jonah Lehrer: A little too much Imagination

    I understand the temptation. It is so much easier to make stuff up than to do the research, do the interviews, dig up the documents, and then reference all those. This last book was five years in the making. Five years of writing, re-writing, interviewing[..]
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  • Looky-See


    I went for a walk this morning When I happened upon this elegant creature, I assumed it was carved from bronze. But alas I was wrong. All the creatures I happened upon, moved slowly, but they moved. It was early still but hot as an[..]
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  • After the killings

    After the killings

      I am off to Baton Rouge. I won’t return until Saturday. Pray for me, will you? I need prayer this week. My girlfriend here in town called me tonight. She’s worried about all this traveling I’ve been doing — Atlanta, Seattle, now Baton Rouge.[..]
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  • Bondage: A Black & White Matter

    Bondage: A Black & White Matter

    I couldn’t find any surveys or studies to reference but I have a theory about the cult-hit book Fifty Shades of Grey.  I have a hunch this book is far more popular with white audiences than black ones. Perhaps the Pew Research Center ought to conduct[..]
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