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On the occasion of 20 years together

So around this time 23 years ago, I called a certain college sophomore on the hallway phone and, when someone finally answered it and got the wrong person, and then after they figured out who I really wanted and got … Continue reading

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My ancestors were kicked out of the meeting

I was raised Presbyterian, but that’s not the only Christian sect in my family tree. I have several notable ancestors who were members of the Quaker meeting in Philadelphia back in the 1770s until they were removed. Think about this … Continue reading

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That moment when a child discovers reading

Every child has an ignition point where reading becomes a passion and a gateway to worlds of imagination and wonder. The exact age where that comes varies. Oldest had it when she had just turned 5. I was reading her … Continue reading

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The third kind of love

There’s the kind of love that burns sometimes like a candle, and sometimes like a forest fire. It’s the love that desires; it consumes, and it possesses a terrible glory that overwhelms you to look at. That’s the love for … Continue reading

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Rescuing the tropical cow from extinction

Years ago, I told my children about the tropical cow, and how it had nearly been driven to extinction through loss of habitat due to extensive reforrestation efforts. But, I noted, conservationists had been clearcutting the Amazon to create more … Continue reading

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What power lies in the name ‘daddy’

I still remember the first time he called me daddy. It was a couple months after the state had returned him to his birth parents. His mother had decided that she didn’t want to be a mother after all, and … Continue reading

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Your mom joke revisited

The girls were in the back seat, hitting each other with one “your mom” joke after another, when their mother objected. Such humor is rude, puerile and not what we expect from them, she reminded them. The 7-year-old didn’t miss … Continue reading

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To thine own self be true

One of my favorite pictures of the year has got to be the one we took of our older daughter in her Halloween costume. It’s the one where she’s wearing Spock ears and a Star Trek uniform. This isn’t a … Continue reading

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Another poem by Eowyn

when morning dawns the sun awakens and brings beauty upon the horizon. at moonrise there is silence except the quiet chirps of the nightdwellers and dewdrops glisten upon the flowers of the night.

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Naming, by EML

What to name it?I’ve finished it now all things deserve names But what is the name of this one to be? Moon? Sky? Town? City? Since I can’t think of anything I’ll pick up my pen and call a painting … Continue reading

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