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The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

On Friday my spouse and I received, hopefully, the last of the Christmas letters.  I have found a few reasons why Christmas letters come late.  Some come from people who cannot seem to get their act together before Christmas, and those notes generally come with apologies.  Others try to save on postage and wait to […]

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Optimism on a Cold Day

Optimism on a Cold Day

A few years ago, I was trying to get a friend to move from South Carolina to Minnesota so I could have him closer to me.  We had lived near each other in South America, and I missed him.  When he returned to his high school friends in South Carolina, he seemed to be lacking […]

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Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

I had a heavy day.  A transgender student told me he was getting texts from an unknown source telling him that he was a freak.  Another student showed me a mark that her dad left on her arm when he was trying to explain to her the importance of her math grade by tossing her […]

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The Game

The Game

It was a lazy day during my Christmas break.  I had spent the morning reading, sipping coffee and correcting papers.  Well after noon, I rose from the couch to shower.  By the time I wrapped myself in a towel to dry and found my gaze in the mirror, I was overcome with this overwhelming fatigue […]

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Transforming Anger to Compassionate Agitation

Transforming Anger to Compassionate Agitation

I have been thinking a lot about anger lately, mostly because it has seemed to become a more popular emotion for me, which is new, and slightly disturbing.  I used to stay up at night dreaming up curriculum for my classes, and I noticed a shift to dreaming about telling people off.  I think anger […]

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well, here we go!

well, here we go!

I find myself a bit fearful as I enter the blog community.  To me, blogging has always implied a sort of self importance, assuming that all of my thoughts are worth publishing.  That my words are at the cutting edge and desperately need to be liberated.  That the whole world will benefit from the light […]

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