Tag: friendship

  • From Columbus to Columbus

    From Columbus to Columbus

    Our trip to my hometown of Columbus, Georgia was brief. Friends Dave and Jane Wilson hosted us as they so often do when we come to town. We will do the same for them when they come to Oregon later this summer. Jane is an[..]
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  • Dispatch #5: As Hemingway said…

    Dispatch #5: As Hemingway said…

    If you sit home and watch the news all day long, or spend your time on Twitter or Facebook passing memes back and forth, the world can seem like a very frightening place. There are school shootings almost daily in America. Seems like someone is[..]
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  • Don’t Call It Dementia

    Don’t Call It Dementia

      When I showed up at pre-school yesterday afternoon, the Bean dropped his toys and literally ran across the room and jumped into my arms. He had not been expecting me. The run was his exclamation of delight. Don't you wish everyone would greet us[..]
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  • 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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  • Friendship Recovered

    Friendship Recovered

    For I am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it   There are some friendships that a person can invest years into only to have them fall by the wayside in a ,matter of weeks[..]
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  • The Uncomfortable Truth

    The Uncomfortable Truth

      Some of my best friends are white evangelicals who voted for Trump. As you might imagine that has created a fissure Grand Canyon-wide between us and threatens to destroy the very relationships that have weathered storms for 30 years or more. I am saddened by[..]
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  • In Memory of Ellen & the Adventures

    In Memory of Ellen & the Adventures

    There's a stack of papers on my desk needing my attention while I type this out - the edits on the next novel, Christian Bend (note name change, formerly Rain). When you read the book the name change will become apparent. Twenty years ago this[..]
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  • The County

    The County

      We were tucked into a couple of chairs at the corner diner. A wood stove burned hot in the far north corner. In the far south corner sat a gaggle of men swapping stories. The young ones wore blue jeans, fleece-lined jackets and baseball[..]
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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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