Category Archives: Everybody Has a Story

Greetings From West Africa!

I am drafting the beginning of this post a week before our group leaves for the multi-day airline marathon to Buchanan, Liberia. Not being sure how much time or Internet access I’ll have, I want to make it easy to … Continue reading

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On Writing, by Stephen King

Normally, the “Great Weekend Reads” I recommend are fiction. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Stephen King‘s memoir On Writing, but did not at first consider telling you about it as a Great Weekend Read. After all, who wants to read … Continue reading

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Flattened by Overuse, Part 2

When last I wrote about overusing the word “love,” I didn’t plan any followup post. But some of the discussion has reminded me of another overused word: “Just.” You hear it a lot. F’r instance, “I just think we should … Continue reading

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I Got Superpowers. Who Knew?

I’ve been preparing for my first overseas trip, February 22-March 5. Pretty exciting stuff! I’m going with a small group from the non-profit BESTWA, Inc, which exists to meet the most pressing needs and bring hope to the people of … Continue reading

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59 of My Closest Friends, Many of Whom I Barely Remember

Our high school graduating class hadn’t held a reunion in ages, so a few of us came up with the idea for a classwide birthday party. If you knew me as a teenager, you realize I’m the very least-likely person … Continue reading

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New Year’s Luck: A Guest Post

I wanted to share this post with you because it gives a northerner’s charming take on our treasured Southern tradition of eating blackeye peas on New Year’s Day. The post first appeared December 31, 2017 on Carolee’s blog “Herbal Blessings.” Carolee … Continue reading

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My Grandparents Were Cooler Than I Am

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my mom’s parents. Her mother, Sylvia, was a farmer’s daughter in a tiny Missouri town. Instead of merely cooking and helping her mother keep house, she went to work in one of the two local … Continue reading

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