Six Months of Reading – Fiction

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I’m looking forward to some beach worthy reading this summer, but first I’ll share a sample of the novels I’ve read this year. (Six months of non-fiction here.) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was a surprising and delightful book. … Continue reading

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Six Months of Books – Non-Fiction

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Call me obsessive, but I keep yearly lists of every book I’ve read. There are a couple reasons for this. The list is very handy when someone asks me if I’ve read any good books and the titles immediately escape … Continue reading

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Communication: NPR, Facebook, The Declaration of Independence and the Bible

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Communication is not as easy as it seems. We each speak, write and interpret words based on our experience, education, opinions, and temperament. Without understanding the individual who is communicating or the context from which the message arises, the possibilities for … Continue reading

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Still Love the Changing USA

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The USA is always changing. America is becoming increasingly multi-cultural. When my children went to primary school, their classrooms were almost all Caucasian. Not any more. Children are in classrooms with students of different race and ethnicity, and I think … Continue reading

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Educating Myself About the Refugee Crisis

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Millions of people in this world are looking for a place to call home. Many of them fear for their lives because of war, oppression, and violence, and others have no means of support. They all desire freedom and a … Continue reading

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Waking Up To Aging

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Admittedly, I’m a slow adapter to change. I’d rather not admit to myself that I am not 30 years old any more. Or 40. Or 50. It’s getting harder to ignore. Recently I spent an afternoon with two friends. One … Continue reading

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A Life of Consequence

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live comfortable happy lives? No challenges. No difficulties. No pain. No rejection. Without consciously thinking in those terms, I think I wanted such an untried and untested existence. The challenges, difficulties, pain and … Continue reading

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The Greatest Mystery

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Mysteries are enticing, aren’t they? A good mystery novel gives us just enough information to work out who-done-it, but disguises it perfectly so we’re surprised. The world’s greatest mysteries are tackled in theology or philosophy classrooms. Who is God? Who am … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Refugee Reading

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Do you have five minutes to educate yourself about refugees? If so, keep reading. Conversations with friends about refugees go something like this, “The number of refugees world wide is going up and refugee resettlement in the US is down … Continue reading

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Books and Movies to Consider on Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day we remember those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. (Read here for the history of Memorial Day.)  If I’m honest, I spend a couple minutes remembering those who have died for my … Continue reading

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