Different

After being around baseball my entire life, I have the superpower of being able to spot a baseball boy or a ballplayer’s love interest from any in a crowd. I brag now that I can almost certainly guess what position a player occupies just by the way he acts and appears off the field.  A […]

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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

As a mother of two precious boys, I’ve been fairly successful at keeping them contained in an organic-antibacterial-padded-and-safety-locked bubble. Oh, how I love that bubble! I’d keep them there forever if I could. But as they grow and we are called out from the comfort of our home, I’m realizing that not everywhere has been […]

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Sauerkraut and Conspiracy Theories

Appalachians are historically suspicious folk.  It probably started in 1792 when George Washington led about 13,000 militia to Pittsburgh.  After trying to resolve the issue peacefully, several small farmers still refused to pay a new tax on distilled spirits that had been meant to relieve the financial burden of the Revolutionary War.  According to the […]

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Motherhood is Hard

When the topic “sacrificial love” came up for the umpteenth time in my conversations this week, I can only assume the Spirit was speaking to my heart. Sacrificial love: the love that Christ showed all people, do I display that (John 15:12-13)? Motherhood is hard. It was my first thought in my own self-evaluation of […]

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Narrow is the Gate

My days as a baseball wife were eye opening, to say the least. There are a few special people out there who will stick around after a 14-inning ballgame, one that has had a rain delay (let’s make it a freezing, April-kind of delay). I’m talking about those exceptional fans that will wait after all […]

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Please, Stop with the “OMG”

For those of you who have managed to live blissfully in a cave (is there room for me?), OMG is the popularly used net-centric abbreviation for “Oh my, God.” “OMG” is everywhere—even available now in a polyester bedspread and coordinating teenage girl décor. I’ve got problems with “OMG,” but mainly because it seems like man […]

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Waste Not!…Banana Bread

Seemingly, I have written a lot about bad fruit.  The truth of the matter is that I don’t like waste and “spoiled” in the case of bananas may just be in the eyes of the beholder…because the bananas left uneaten after a long weekend away are perfect for the best banana bread of your life. […]

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Mourning a Life that Wasn’t

Sometimes the profoundness of a brief question or statement, one that is perhaps even overlooked by the speaker, can captivate you and steal your complete attention. Recently, the question I’ve been turning over and over in my head is “Are you mourning the loss of a life….. a life imagined?” Perhaps it is because I’m […]

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Chicken and Dumplins and Middle Names

I’ve seen and made a lot of laborious recipes for chicken and dumplings, but none can compare to the deliciousness and simplicity of my Granny’s. At first, I was aghast that Granny used a can of biscuits instead of making her own dough as she would for her pies or seemingly any other recipe. However, […]

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