Category Archives: Diversity

“Happy, Um, Holiday of the Decorated Trees?”

It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Someone recently said that this is what our school district was calling a certain upcoming holiday. They were joking, I think, but it’s getting so hard to tell these days, isn’t it? … Continue reading

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Imagine. . . .Like John Lennon or JK Rowling?

John Lennon’s Imagine was very popular when I lived in Japan over twenty years ago. I’d hum along when I heard it playing in department stores –after all, it was in English. I could understand it. One day, I listened … Continue reading

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Happy White Sunday!

Back in August, I promised that I would tell you a little more in October about a holiday I learned about last year from a student project in our library: White Sunday. It’s celebrated today in Samoa, and by the Samoans … Continue reading

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Gratefully Overwhelmed

This will be a short post today, but my heart is full and I feel so blessed by two big events in our lives at the moment. The first event is the big transition to college for our oldest child. … Continue reading

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“Everyone is Everywhere”–Os Guiness

“No one will know,” I thought. Living alone and far from home in Tokyo about 25 years ago, I was trying to decide whether or not to sleep in or get up and go to church. Who would care? How … Continue reading

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Kind of Like Baseball, Part 2

Anyone who lived in Seattle during the magical 1995 baseball season will remember “the Sheriff,” Norm Charlton. Arriving midseason, he had been one of the Cincinnati Reds “Nasty Boys” who delivered a sense of invincibility along with his fastball. He … Continue reading

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Ramadan, a Time for Remembering

The first time I became aware of Ramadan–it was, in fact, my first-ever significant exposure to Islam–several 2nd grade boys in my international school classroom in Tokyo come running to me, their teacher, to inform me that one of their … Continue reading

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There were Good Christians and Not-so-good Christians

Oh yes, there was diversity in my small hometown in Ohio. We had the kids who went to church every Sunday no matter what, the kids who only went to special youth group events, or (gasp!) the people who only … Continue reading

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Up in the Crow’s Nest

Sophie and Timley, the two main characters in my upcoming novel for kids, (Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather), run away from home and find themselves “up in a crow’s nest”–alone, scared, away from family and friends’ expectations, and on the adventure … Continue reading

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