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Essays, Kidspace, Poetry, Articles on Christian Science



 



This is how badly I wanted a better job

Living in Norway, I applied for a position without really knowing what it was.

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I keep running into Mary Richards

First she was my idol, then my peer, and finally a lesson in grace.

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A decades-long chat among friends

High-school buddies find that shared trips promote wide-ranging reflection.

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I find my hidden strength

The fact of the break-in rattled me. Then I realized what was missing.

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How I stumbled upon a work of art in Greenland

I have a poor eye for art. But in this case it fell into my lap, so to speak.

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A gift to my future self

I was far from home for the first time. My host gave me a journal.

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A cottony clash of quilters

How a collaborative sewing project became the fabric equivalent of a riot.

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How Mom confounded the phone man

He wanted to pay her. She resisted.

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On the front lines of the migrant crisis

I saw tragedy in the Mediterranean, yes, but also compassion.

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Marmalade worthy of Paddington Bear

The real stuff is rare, but the work of making it yourself is rewarding.

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Going postal at Christmas

The machine clicked loudly, telegraphing any signs of hesitation to all in the crowded lobby.

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Life lessons from a rat

Catching the rat was amazing. But then it got even more astonishing.

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My daughter’s ‘Friends’

I savored the ’90s sitcom for a decade. For her, it’s fast-forward.

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Just right for one cook

Mom ran her kitchen with an efficiency that the military would envy.

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There are leaf-rakers and leaf-blowers ...

... and I’d been ‘rake only’ for years. Then desperation set me on a new path.

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A captain finds a new crew

My husband heard a new career beckon – with a buzzing noise.

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Lessons from the lawn

The men who’ve tended my yard and garden have also helped me grow. 

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Bring back the phone booth

It used to be that a phone call was for two people – and two people alone.

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Music and the lesson of love

My sister and I both played instruments. I had talent. But she had something more.

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Shades that shimmer, hues that cry

When it came time to paint the house, we pulled out all the stops. 

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