Of Boxes and Battles

Boxes, boxes, boxes. Well, boxes and paint samples. That’s what my life has consisted of recently. Our family just moved. And we love our new house. But I’m weary of the boxes. First we had to pack everything we owned into boxes. Now we’re unpacking all those same things out of their boxes. And here’s […]

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The Trail Of Tears

. Most of you probably know at least a little about “The Trail of Tears”: The forced relocation of several Native tribes from their homelands to the Western U.S. in the mid-19th century. I wanted to share two resources I discovered that really bring to life the story of the relocation of the Cherokee tribes […]

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Molly And Me

I regret I didn’t risk trying to meet Molly Ivins before she died in 2007. Over the years I would occasionally contemplate contacting her, especially after I moved to Austin in 2001. I wanted to take her to lunch. But by then Ivins had been diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually kill her. I […]

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My Favorite Board Books

I love, love, love good children’s books. I constantly fight the urge to pull my minivan over at every garage sale or thrift store to rummage through their used books, trying to discover some hidden treasure of a tale I haven’t seen before. And while I actually relish the search, at times I am dismayed […]

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My Life In Books, Vol. 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of “Top Ten Most Influential Books” in my life. If you’re just joining me, you can catch up by reading Volume 1 and Volume 2 first. The list continues with… 7. In The Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen Highly-educated Catholic priest Nouwen shares “Reflections on Christian Leadership”: […]

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