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No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism


Feb 23 2015
How Christians can respond to microaggressions.
No Offense: The Dilemma over Unintended Racism
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They are small, almost invisible. They are being spotted on college campuses from UCLA to the University of Michigan to Fordham to Columbia. They are as elusive and questionable, so tiny yet so destructive. They are called microaggressions: the slight remarks, subtle innuendos, ...

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A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’


Feb 20 2015
The mom of a Muslim convert reflects on our impulse to assume the worst.
A Nation of ‘Suspect Thy Neighbor’
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The ride was a Toyota Corolla. A bit battered. A bit suspect. My husband Dan’s danger antenna flashed red. He furrowed his brow. “Why’s that car parked in front of our house?”

I wasn’t fazed. “What car?”

“That car,” ...

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Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?


Feb 18 2015
How companies appeal to family values and female empowerment.
Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?
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In the late 1940s, Earl Tupper had a problem. He’d invented a storage product that could revolutionize the American kitchen—if only housewives could be convinced to use it. Enter Brownie Wise, a divorced single mother, who instantly saw the potential of Tupper’s ...

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Military Wife Confessions: What Happens When You Can’t Plan for Anything


Feb 16 2015
The practical struggle and spiritual lessons of living an unpredictable life.
Military Wife Confessions: What Happens When You Can’t Plan for Anything
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Slate recently profiled a military family as a part of its career series Best Laid Plans. The article followed the unpredictable journey of an Air Force major, a software engineer-turned-stay-at-home dad, and their two young kids.

After a decade of service, Shana—an ...

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Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling


Feb 13 2015
Steadfast Christian marriage doesn’t require us to give up romance.
Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling
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I remember my first kiss with my husband. Watching a movie in his dorm room, I turned towards his face, and he leaned in to kiss me. The hairs on my arm stood up, and my face lit up with heat. Looking back, I see all the telltale signs of young romance: nervous energy, heat, ...

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Parented by Grandparents


Jan 26 2015
The challenges of caretaking in middle age present new opportunities for outreach.
Parented by Grandparents
Valentina Yachichurova / Flickr

A few weeks ago, I was at a McDonalds PlayPlace with my two grandsons, ages 6 and 11. There were a half-dozen other older caregivers in the room watching the kids burn off some of that Happy Meal energy. When a little girl took a tumble down a slide and cried, “Grandma!” ...

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This MLK Day Feels Different


Jan 19 2015
A reflection on recent tensions and a renewed sense of hope.
This MLK Day Feels Different
Graeme Stoker / Flickr

Driving home in the early evening darkness, we were talking about how much hadn’t changed with race relations in this country, following the exoneration of police officers accused of killing unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island.

Suddenly, I had the sensation ...

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Dating by Q&A


Jan 13 2015
Keeping courtship from turning into a job interview.
Dating by Q&A
John Benson / Flickr

I learned to ask questions when I was 20. My parents would tell you I’ve been asking questions long before then, since I was barely a year old. I have never accepted first, second, or third answers. I was the kind of kid who had to touch the hot stove before I understood ...

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Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion


Jan 12 2015
Looking back to when mourning attire was as heavy and dark as grief itself.
Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion
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The Anna Wintour Costume Center, a new wing of the museum named for Vogue’s iconic editor-in-chief, opened in May and currently displays the black gowns worn by mourners between 1815 and 1915, including a gown worn by Queen Victoria. The room is small and dark, ...

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Managing Anxiety and Making Friends


Jan 6 2015
With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential.
Managing Anxiety and Making Friends
Don LaVange / Flickr

I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate.

What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept ...

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