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Mary’s House

When the river rose, it caught us off-guard. I never knew how people in floods could get caught by flooding. How could they not know it was coming? Why wouldn’t they just leave their houses? Now, both of those questions seem different to me. I was planning to share this “Mary Story” with you this […]

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Stand and Shine

I was driving in the milky underworld of fog this week when I noticed the lights: globe lights, and head lights, lights atop lampposts behind panes of glass. They must have been there every other day that I drove that road, but I had never noticed them. They were suddenly essential, the only things that […]

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The Sack

Every February when the grocery stores market wings and buffalo sauce, I sense the Super Bowl approaching. Unless the Green Bay Packers are in it, I often have no idea who is. This year, someone explained to me, it would be the Patriots and the Eagles. The Patriots apparently go to the Super Bowl all […]

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10%

“Why can’t they listen to me?!” I’m sure I often asked back when I was a teacher. (Parents, managers, and bosses likely all ask this question from time to time.) I was a teacher once and I remember this depressing statistic: students only retain about 10% of the things they learn. It’s a bit gloomy […]

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Cascade of Courage

“I wonder if anyone actually reads all their wedding cards?” I said to Marnell on December 11. There was wrapping paper everywhere and clutter and schedules we didn’t yet know what to do with and we just couldn’t absorb all the beautiful words. It did seem a shame though, that so many people had picked […]

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