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I Share My Story So Apartheid Does Not Happen Again

"You know, it may sound funny,” my African-American friend from North Carolina said recently, “but I’m glad you were born in South Africa during Apartheid.” “If you hadn’t been born there at that time," he added, "you may not be as passionate against racism.” We thought about it for a moment and then I nodded. I am beginning to see the redemption in this larger story. … [Read More]

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What Do YOU Look Forward To?

This month, we heard stories of people moving forward in little and big ways: from battling weeds to turning forty to waking up one morning and having all the … [Read More]

My Life as a Mixtape

Back in the day, I was the proud owner of an Emerson boom box, complete with dual cassette decks and stereo sound. I can still remember going to Service … [Read More]

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In Order to Move Forward, I Must Change

I've never understood the appeal of summer. It's hot, sticky, heavy. I joke sometimes that I have the opposite of most people's version of Seasonal Affective … [Read More]

TGIF: How I Made Peace with my Breasts in a Brothel

[TRIGGER WARNING] Sexual content. I. PREQUEL I’ve never understood the mass appeal of breasts. (Yes, mass appeal. I couldn’t resist.) My boobs first … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Life Path Discussion

To learn more about Life Path, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection. After I got married, my parents … [Read More]

To My Friends Who Have Been Disappointed

I know we can all feel it sometimes. That big, missing, piece. The job we have been waiting for but still haven’t gotten. The education we wanted, but never had the money to do. The relationship we dreamed of, but just doesn’t seem to come along. The way … [Read More]

Hello, 40. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You

Right around the time you read this, I will mark my 40th birthday. It's a strange number to reach.  In some ways turning 40 feels easier than turning 30. Thirty was strange; it felt old and other. I started wondering if I could consider myself young … [Read More]

Destination: Unknown

"Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those … [Read More]

Writing and Sweating and Taming Lions

Being a writer is like being a lion tamer. Minus the chance you could get mauled to death. If you are a writer you know exactly what I am talking about. Writing is the wild act of wrestling ideas to the ground and then, somehow, fashioning those ideas so … [Read More]

God Was Already in the Middle of Saving Me

by Nichole Forbes | @SomeRandmMother The day I got the news I hung up the phone, faced my toy-strewn rec room and exhaled. Now what? I knew that I should have some kind of reaction, some kind of emotion but I  just felt … nothing. And everything. I … [Read More]

The Companionship of Weeds

By Christiana Peterson | @ChristianaNPete In my garden, there is a soft-leaved weed called comfrey, an herb used in healing balms and salves. The weed stretches its yellowed turnip-like roots underneath the garden soil, trying to grab at every inch for … [Read More]

The Day I Decided to Let Curiosity Lead

These days I have to work hard to open my eyes in the morning. The alarm clock glows yellow, but the numbers appear so fuzzy, I can't read the time. No matter, it's definitely before 6am. My thoughts and feelings match my eyesight at that early hour, like I'm … [Read More]

Doing The Only Thing We Can Do

I used to climb mountains in my spare time. My best friend Lizzy and I would load our dogs, Bruce (hers) and Mr. Darcy (mine), into her Forerunner. Driving into the middle of the forest we’d scour sides of the highway, looking for mile markers, for any … [Read More]

How Do I Move Forward?

How do I move forward if millions of our people are still living in poverty while some live in excess? I am talking about my country South Africa which consumes my existence. How do I move forward? “Forget the former things,” Isaiah writes. “See, I am … [Read More]

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