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Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife


Apr 17 2014
Alzheimer’s puts caregivers in painful in-betweens.
Neither Fully Widow Nor Fully Wife
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Last week, I observed two examples of loving service at the dinner table. At one end, my sister-in-law smooshed peas in a plastic bowl for Beatrix, the newest member of the family. At the other, my grandmother sliced steak into pieces for my grandfather, who can no longer ...

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This Is 40


Apr 10 2014
My upcoming birthday has me already thinking of dying.
This Is 40
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"It's a big gift to be recognized as part of something that matters to people, but that's not the same thing as being responsible for something."

Steinem, in her 20s, had planned to write, "The Death Book," which would have included "great ...

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Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'


Mar 28 2014
Five things Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement gets wrong about relationships.
Marriage in the Age of 'Conscious Uncoupling'

The Interwebs don't need more snark about Gwyneth Paltrow, so I almost hesitate to weigh in on her "Conscious Uncoupling" announcement.

Almost.

I'm mindful that Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are, in fact, real people who are in distress and working ...

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Our Brothers' Keepers: A Brokenhearted Black Woman Speaks Out


Mar 6 2014
Watching the disproportionate fear and struggle faced by black men in America.
Our Brothers' Keepers: A Brokenhearted Black Woman Speaks Out
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President Barack Obama recently announced a major initiative aimed at helping and healing young black men. The biblically named "My Brother's Keeper" enlists private sector donations toward programs for black men to meet more success and less negativity in American ...

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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows


Feb 27 2014
May the church offer divorcees grace, not guilt-trips.
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What God Teaches Us About Broken Marriage Vows
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Many divorced Christians have felt they step into church wearing a scarlet D. Author Elisabeth Corcoran was one of these. After her marriage of almost 19 years unraveled, Corcoran grappled with pain, confusion, and shame. Those feelings were compounded when she was politely ...

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Is Valentine's Day a Lose-Lose Holiday?


Feb 14 2014
The single and dating come together to try to redeem the commercialized extravaganza.
Is Valentine's Day a Lose-Lose Holiday?
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Valentine's Day is lame. The holiday designed to celebrate love somehow makes most of us feel dissatisfied with our relationships or defensive about our relationship status — whether you're single, married, or dating.

One of us is single. One of us is in a ...

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It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day


Feb 10 2014
Happy couples keep the romance alive year-round.
It's OK to Have a Boring Valentine's Day
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It's not unusual for couples to find themselves sitting in front of the TV with their kids on Valentine's Day, the supposed most romantic day of the year. In the case of my family, we spent one February 14 watching a re-run of Wipeout.

The lovey-dovey among us might ...

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Extroverts and Introverts in the Body of Christ


Jan 13 2014
Learning from our obsession with personality types.
Extroverts and Introverts in the Body of Christ
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Last year, we saw a resurgence in interest in personality types. Headlines and studies declared the benefits of being an extrovert, an introvert, an introvert who acts like an extrovert, or even an ambivert (a healthy mix of both).

We seem to always want to know what it ...

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Does Housework Even Matter Anymore?


Jan 10 2014
Why we (at least try to) keep clean while the world embraces mess.
Does Housework Even Matter Anymore?
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I like things in our house to be tidy, at least presentable for any guests who pop in on us. But as much as I appreciate neatness and order, I am not so good at maintaining it. I don't like to clean, and my house is usually messy.

Anne of Green Gables perhaps said it ...

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Christian Intermingle: Can We Date Outside the Faith?


Jan 6 2014
Sometimes, it feels like God doesn’t have a match for you.
Christian Intermingle: Can We Date Outside the Faith?
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Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? Nothing.

I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter. Now, I get emails from singles across the country looking ...

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