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Wooer of My Heart

My church school teacher cleared his throat and adjusted his tie. The class hushed. “Everyone turn in your sermon notes.” I passed mine to the …

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The Annoying Seatmate

Last fall I decided to take a train journey. I thought a quiet, peaceful train ride across the US would give me time for reflection …

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Too Close for Comfort

“No, I don’t want to go,” I said falling back into bed. “Yes, you are!” said my mother handing me my jacket. “Why do I …

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Setting Priorities

When I was almost 40, and had been been married for nearly 10 years, with three preschoolers and a teenager, it dawned on me that …

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The First Five Minutes

Staying physically active can help prevent or delay some diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Exercise can even help people who struggle with depression …

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College For One

There I was, sitting alone in my dorm room halfway through my first quarter of college. How did I get here? I thought. I was …

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Preventing Back Pain

Life keeps us busy walking or running, sitting or lying down. There’s really no time to think about our backs that is… unless we get …

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Transitions

I remember a time, a few years ago, when my life went through several transitions within a relatively short amount of time. Within a span …

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I’m Soaring

You know the song, “A Whole New World,” from Disney’s Aladdin? That’s what marriage is like. My heart is beating against my chest, my breathing …

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Aunt Bessie’s Dream

I was born in Klawock, Alaska in 1938, and the name ‘What Staw’ was given me. (What Staw—The Raven that takes the long way around.) …

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