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Recap of Holiday Fun

Sometimes the holidays are one long stressful reminder of all the childhood wounds and irritations and conflicts you’ve ever tried to work through in therapy. 

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Penny Turns 18

Our daughter Penny turns 18 today. She’s not at home with us, as it turns out. Rather, she is at a retreat center with a

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Holy Longing

Christmas is a season of holy longing.  Whether we are singing along to “Holly Jolly Christmas” or “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” we are longing

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When Love Shows Up

On Christmas we celebrate because love has shown up in our world. Not in some vague, abstract way. But love, in the flesh, in the

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Holy Disruption

When Mary hears the message that she has been chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, Luke tells us she was “troubled.” When

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Life in the Woods

There was a day when I realized that no doctor would ever emerge to say about Penny having Down syndrome, “It was touch and go

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December Favorites

Here are some of my recent favorite books, a podcast, and an essay, as well as a beautiful song: 1. Novel: Machines Like Me by

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