Category Archives: Diversity

Before We Gloat, Flee, or Fight Back

Dear Blog Friends, How are you feeling today, the Sunday after an astonishing Supreme Court decision? My hunch is it comes close to one of the three listed above. Whatever your opinion, and I know that all three are probably … Continue reading

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Telling Our Stories: Who Needs to Hear Yours?

Image credit: burmadd.BlogSpot.com Someone asked me this week if I was an author. He looked like he really wanted to know, and so I nodded. Turns out, he wanted to know because he also has an amazing story to share. Through … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls and Privilege of Diversity

My Ethiopian friend, last Monday morning, leaned over the circulation desk with that look–I’ve blogged about that before–that look that tells me he’s about to share something important to him from his Orthodox culture. “Everyone at church yesterday was sobbing. They … Continue reading

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Going at It “Hammer and Tongs”–C.S. Lewis

 Image credit: http://www.jantoo.com. C. S. Lewis had a good friend named Owen Barfield. They were friends from the time they met during college in 1919 until Lewis’ death in 1962. Lewis called him his “Second Friend.” That’s “the man who … Continue reading

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Looking for Adventure? Try God.

The journey to publication for Sophie Topfeather has taken about fifteen years (with about three months to go).  I remember feeling bugged about the idea for the book for about a decade prior to starting it, and I prayed for the … Continue reading

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Maybe He Just Forgot

Image credit: http://www.leadertelegram.com. I live and work in a school district where the recent bond for new school construction, among other things, failed by a very slim margin. I could see both sides of the issue, and know that besides … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

My niece, Gretchen, decorating Mom’s Angel Tree.             A tradition for the Ohio cousins is to help my mom, “Grandma JoJo,” decorate one of the trees in her house: the Angel Tree. A heavenly host of … Continue reading

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Sonja’s 2014 Top Ten Thanksgiving Blessings

10. You, my faithful blog subscribers and friendly blog visitors! Thank you for your encouragement and insights. I love the fact that a few clicks on the mouse or taps on a screen can make the world a much smaller … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word to the Free: Phew! I Wasn’t Good at This, Anyway

Gift-giving is very common around the world, but in Japan, people have it down to a science. In a rather genteel fashion, you give in order to “even a score” somehow; if someone does something nice for you (or is … Continue reading

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Ostrich or Eagle?

  Watching the news lately makes me feel like this ostrich. How about you? I keep thinking that if I don’t watch for awhile, maybe certain groups will stop being barbaric, runaway diseases will somehow be cured, and the home … Continue reading

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