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Easter Isn’t Over.

My dad had shoulder surgery a few days before Easter, and I flew to Illinois to take care of him.  On Easter Sunday, I woke up around dawn and peeked out my bedroom window to see pastel streaks appearing on the horizon, announcing the soon-to-be-rising sun. My brother and sister-in-law were visiting with their three children.  So […]

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saturday: the space between surrender and surprise

Every Easter weekend, people repeat that saying, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming,” as if to say that your dreams or desires or hopes are dead, but just hold still in the nothingness of Friday night and all day Saturday, and then at dawn on Sunday everything wakes up and you’re suddenly alive again. I don’t […]

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if

If your heart is broken….if you feel like you can’t breathe….if you wake up in the middle of the night and your heart is pounding…. Take a deep breath, dear one.  You’re going to be okay. If you worry about the future….if you can’t see past your past….if tomorrow feels more like a threat than a […]

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kindnesses

“As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer Last week I wrote about how a server giving me a free bowl of oatmeal, and a fellow passenger lifting my suitcase for me, inspired me to look around for ways in which I can practice random acts […]

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with us

I’m guest-lecturing at Ohio Northern University this week.  This afternoon, I’m speaking at an event for students who are undecided about their majors.  The faculty asked if I’d talk about the ways in which my academic and career plans went right….and wrong…..and how I ended up on my current path. When I asked them how long […]