Tag: God

  • Family Matters

    Family Matters

    Fittingly, tributes have poured in from around the world for President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest this week, following a long and by all accounts, a joyous life. I, like so many, was moved to tears by the remarks George W.[..]
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  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    He sat in the booth directly across from us, eating his dinner. Behind him four big-screen televisions were tuned to ball games. The waitress brought our waters, took our orders. He thought the man with the beard was my boyfriend, not my son. I didn't[..]
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  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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  • Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

    Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

        [caption id="attachment_4054" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Pauline & Juliet (r)[/caption] Given a choice between a documentary and a chick flick, I will choose the documentary most everytime. Even as an earlier reader, I was drawn more to biographies and memoirs than to Harlequin. That was[..]
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  • The Problem with Evil

    The Problem with Evil

    The problem with evil is that it absolves good people of responsibility. Decrying society's ills as the result of "evil" in the world renders us helpless. What power does a good person truly hold in the face of "evil"? We can pray. But that's about[..]
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  • Just One of the Dreamers

    Just One of the Dreamers

    [caption id="attachment_3813" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Photo by Julie Juris Utterback[/caption] A black woman preached in the church I'm attending. Her message stirred me to thinking, as it did many others. It wasn't that her message was that different from a hundred others I've heard over my[..]
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  • Not a White Person’s Christian

    Not a White Person’s Christian

    All I am is a vessel, doing God's work. If you watched the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, you likely heard words similar to that. Surely, you heard Alabama freshman quarterback Tua stand before the microphone and cameras and declare that the very[..]
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  • Finding God in Unexpected Places

    Finding God in Unexpected Places

      If 2017 taught me anything, it taught me to be thankful that life's journey brought me to Oregon. My relationship with Oregon has been awkward at times, leaving me feeling mostly like an outsider, the immigrant in a land of immigrants. Oregon has changed[..]
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