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  • When There are Wars & Planes Fall from the Sky: How to Face the Problem of Evil & the Greater Problem of Good

    On Tuesday, July 22 nd, 2014
    So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate. And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron. “Why is there all
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  • A bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a Creative, a Dreamer

    On Monday, June 23 rd, 2014
    So you asked how? I’ve been thinking about your question, the one you asked the other day, about how — how to be an artist, a mother, a creative, about how to live your life? I don’t know much. And there’s a lot more than just this. But maybe it’s a bit of how Mary
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  • How to Focus in an Age of Distraction: Make it a Good Summer [10 Things to do Before you Click {Printable}]

    On Monday, June 16 th, 2014
    There are finally robin’s nests and irises blooming. And mud ringing the laundry room tub like a mess and the clocking ticking and the faucet loudly dripping. We turn pages. We get turned around. Somebody stubs their toe. Somebody is held. Somebody holds on. A screen flickers. Yeah, there is only so much time. {10
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  • The Truth You’ve Got To Know About After Easter

    On Monday, April 21 st, 2014
    That first call was from the hospital. Right about the cracking dawn on Resurrection Sunday, her whispering on the other end of the line. Two weeks so far. Not that we all aren’t counting or anything. Who knows how many more weeks my sister has in front of her, how many more clattering hospital trays
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  • The Best Gift for the Overwhelmed:
    Sometimes You Need Joy-in-a-Box

    On Monday, April 07 th, 2014
    A bird flew straight into the kitchen last night. Perched right on the top of that weather van on the mantle. And I looked up from the sink and thought it was you right there, your heart pounding right there out of your chest. It’s hard to be overwhelmed. What if we could do that
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  • What We’ve Got to Tell Kids About Living Extraordinary

    On Monday, March 31 st, 2014
    So yeah, you won’t likely find it making the headlines of People Magazine. But that shouldn’t stop real people from really knowing. Marjorie Knight told me when I was nine. She turned to me while we were hulling a heap of strawberries over her sink, and her white hair caught all this afternoon light and
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  • One Simple Secret to Effective Time Management This Week

    On Monday, March 24 th, 2014
    When I turn down Creamery Road, I pass, yeah, surprising —  the old creamery. Pass the the creamery that’s now abandoned, the window eyes all punched out. How did they all look, those silvery pails of milk that once lined up by the door, their tins lid hats pulled on tight, so not one white
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  • When You’re Tired of Kids Complaining: 15 Ways to Happier, Grateful Kids

    On Monday, March 17 th, 2014
    How long do I really have to figure it out? How long do I have to figure out how to live full of joy? So my husband might find himself married to a woman he loves being with. A woman who knows how to laugh at the days to come? So our children have these
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  • how to learn the language of happiness

    On Friday, March 14 th, 2014
    There’s sun on the snow and in the morning porridge bowls. The boys argue loud, who knows about what — sometimes we don’t understand each other. Sometimes  we’re speaking the same language but we aren’t. My father always says he’d never be able to talk if someone tied his hands. I don’t know about that. I just
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  • What To Do To Get Your Rhythm Back

    On Monday, March 10 th, 2014
    There wasn’t a morning that she didn’t flick off her bedroom light and find it right there on the edge of the table outside their bedroom door. One round vitamin C that he’d leave out for her, before he went to the barn and his udder-dripping sows. Like he thought she could just take it
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  • The Real Root of Brokenness that We Forget to Talk About [or When You Want to Turn Your Life Around]

    On Monday, March 03 rd, 2014
    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. The Farmer splits
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  • Don’t Read This. But READ THIS. Because WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THIS would happen?

    On Thursday, February 20 th, 2014
    So there’s this 19-year-old cutter who laid down the blade in her hand and brandished a pen. And Mrs. Stoope, this 78-year-old Michigan grandma who has seven sons, her hair wrapped up in a white bun and has this Bic blue list she’s scrawled in her own hand, numbered now up over 10,000 graces. She
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