Tag: friends

  • The Foundation of all Friendships

    The Foundation of all Friendships

      We were sitting outside Starbucks, my daughters and me, laughing over something I can't remember. Seems like when we are all together there is always much laughter. That's the gift of being the mother to daughters - they grow up to become some of[..]
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  • Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    I was just walking the dogs through the neighborhood. No agenda, really, other than to let the dogs sniff things out. Over on the street just north of us, I saw a fellow poking around one of the houses currently under construction. I thought perhaps[..]
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  • House-On-Fire Stench

    House-On-Fire Stench

    [caption id="attachment_3855" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] It should have been a peaceful Sunday. Tim was grading papers. I was reading Tayari Jones's latest novel - An American Marriage.  I don't think of our marriage as American or European, although it is probably some[..]
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  • The Minister of Loneliness

    The Minister of Loneliness

    I was standing with the buggy at Lowes. You know how it is when you move - there's a bunch of stuff you realize you need for the new home. Barstools for example.  Our new kitchen has a countertop island big as a coffin. No[..]
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  • When You Are Not Okay

    When You Are Not Okay

        I give this lecture every term where I ask a question of my students: “What will you set yourself on fire for?” I ask that question after lecturing about a produce farmer in Tunisia who set himself on fire over the injustices of a corrupt[..]
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  • Participating in the Remarkable

    Participating in the Remarkable

      Before leaving Georgia the other day, I made a stop in Pine Mountain to visit Miss Lillian. She did not know I was coming, so she let out a small squeal of delight when I walked into the kitchen. “This is my friend who[..]
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