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Barn swallow nest

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A resignation letter to my library coworkers

Love is a prayer

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My first thoughts in the year 2016 centered around prayer, mostly that I don’t do enough of it. My paths are paved with the best intentions. Each season of the Church year I dutifully pick up the accompanying prayer book from church. I imagine my family gathered around the dinner table in shared devotion. Then life happens. Dinner is chaos… Read more »

The things I didn’t say in my Christmas letter

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It’s a tall order to cram a year’s worth of news in one Christmas letter. I strive to not be braggy, and to be realistic without sounding negative. Certainly there is a lot I don’t say, both for the sake of space and to keep it positive. The realities of the lives beyond the letter are noteworthy, however. A Real… Read more »

Decorating the Christmas tree

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Christmas tree

Ever since my son could pull to stand we’ve needed a gate around our Christmas tree to minimize ornament grabbing and tree pulling. It was effective the first and (maybe) second years at most. After that, the tree gate became more of an enticing challenge and receptacle for tossed toys. Last Christmas, the tree enclosure served as a minimal deterrent…. Read more »