The People I Have Been

I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not…. I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem It is my twenty-fourth...

No Place Like Home

Every day I leave the Triple F Ranch to enter the world of academia. In academia I spend a lot of energy in conversations about language, perception, and communication. I do a lot of critical thinking. In between classes I take forays into my writing life where I think about poverty, and justice, and hope and Jesus (and coffee and kids and fiction and memoir and Guideposts devotions). And sometimes I come home with a headache.

Finding Joy in a Messy Life–a guest post by Dianne Neal Matthews

Sometimes the innocent wonder of a child points us back toward what’s really important. As December approaches, we can feel pressured to put together the perfect Christmas. That drive for perfection steals our joy and piles on the stress whenever our holiday, or when life, gets messy. We can truly experience Christmas by looking past the messes in our lives, focusing on the Child in the manger, and worshipping Him as the One who was called “Wonderful” hundreds of years before His birth by the prophet Isaiah.

Thanksgiving Therapy

I read an article once about Thomas Hardy called “The Uneasy Victorian.” I remember that the writer compared Hardy to other Victorian authors, saying that out of all of them, he felt the most anxiety about the world they inhabited. And there is less hope, more sense...

Legit to Quit

Something happened yesterday, something big for our family. A chapter ended. A door closed. It challenged us on many levels as Christians, parents, teachers, and for Stone, as a coach. Our daughter Grace quit basketball.

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