Monthly Archives: July 2013

I can hold these 15 plates and PIROUETTE!

I’ve been a little ridiculous. I tell my kid all the time that his job is to be 8 and enjoy his life. It’s this spell we say, over and over. What’s your job? TO BE WHATEVER AGE I AM AND ENJOY MY LIFE.

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In defense of Meghan

In my interview with Merry Gangemi¬†on Woman-Stirred Radio, one of the most interesting discussions is about the character of Meghan. Merry Gangemi, an astute and fascinating interviewer, held the perspective that Meghan is irritating and doesn’t know her self. I’ve spent the week considering … Read more

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At the diner

At a diner in Branson, Missouri, we’d been seated in the corner, and at the nearest long table, a youth group held a Bible study. I was 23, at breakfast with my mother and grandmother, and wondered if any of the teens was embarrassed to … Read more

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The yawning edge

When I’m hungry for the South of my childhood, I read Eudora Welty. She has, in her sinuous sentences, something of the heat and the landscape, and I slow myself down and remember. I can hear the Miss This and the Miss That. The lilt … Read more

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My superpower is forgiveness

Mine isn’t. My superpower isn’t forgiveness. My superpower is grace. The difference between forgiveness and grace helps me to live in this weary world. Helps me not to be discouraged by human failure. By mistakes and missteps. There is space for us to have a … Read more

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All apologies

What is at the center of our acceptance of an apology? In the age of instant information we’ve begun to specialize in the backpedal, the jazz-hands apology. I said what now? Come on, that word doesn’t mean what you think it means. Nah, I meant … Read more

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The Professor

It’s 7 a.m., and we are whispering because Mary’s still asleep.

“I was playing until like 2 in the morning, and I can’t beat the Scarecrow. He’s horrible. I think there’s a glitch or something.” I explain to the kid how I played the level … Read more

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