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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
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As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. Language-immersion ...

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Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet


Aug 28 2014
On loving dogs and being loved by God.
Lessons from Loving and Losing a Pet
John Carl

Just days after the death of a loved one last year, I had to travel halfway across the country for a conference. Because I carry grief in my stomach, I couldn’t eat. Weakness from not eating combined with the usual exhaustion from travel had me feeling sick. At a lunch ...

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Home Sweet Home, Again


Aug 15 2014
Like a growing number of adults, I find support, love, and lodging in an obvious place: my parents’ home.
Home Sweet Home, Again
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If you’re an adult living with Mom and Dad, you may not be as unique as you think.

Boer Deng of Slate recently wrote about a new Pew Research Center report on how multigenerational households are becoming more common. "In 1980, some 12 percent of families had ...

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The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse


Aug 8 2014
Yes, I had my virginity, but I lost my connection to my humanity.
The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse
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“At least he didn’t take your virginity,” the leader of my Bible study group murmurs sympathetically, handing me a tissue to wipe away the tears brought on by my choked confession of a previous abusive relationship. I tense, mutter “that’s true,” ...

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How It Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender


Jul 7 2014
Abusers’ families are secondary victims, left to reconcile their conflicting emotions.
How It Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender
paulhami / Flickr

Years ago, before my current husband Jeff and I were married, I asked one of my daughters how she would feel if Jeff officially became one of the family. At first she responded enthusiastically, about how awesome it would be if he lived with us, about how we can watch all ...

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Tied Up in Our Own Preferences


Jun 19 2014
How fear, not prayer, led us to choose sterilization… and regret it.
Tied Up in Our Own Preferences
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While the contemporary ability to determine one's family size is heralded as a mark of Western progress, that freedom carries with it moral and spiritual responsibility. Some branches of Christendom (most notably, the Catholic Church) have well-documented doctrinal positions ...

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When Dads Don't Stay


Jun 13 2014
Confronting the reality of fatherlessness in America.
When Dads Don't Stay
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The first clear memory I have of my father exemplifies every moment after. The lake lapped softly against the posts of weathered, bone-dry dock upon which I stood. I curled my toes into the splintery wood, blinked back the intense, hot Texas sun and leapt blind, for the first ...

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Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage


Jun 12 2014
And how I learned that oversharing brings us together.
Why I Blogged About Our Miscarriage
andrewrennie / Flickr

There's a certain kind of oversharing on social media that we're all familiar with: the mundane pictures of somebody's lunch, the stream of selfies, the updates complaining of illnesses. Much of this can come off as uninteresting.

Another kind of oversharing ...

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The Christian Call to Say 'You're Welcome'


Jun 6 2014
How we respond to thanks matters.
The Christian Call to Say 'You're Welcome'
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A friend recently told me about one of her resolutions. Not for the new year—we were well into March—but a certain habit had gotten under her skin. "I've decided that when someone says,'Thank you,' I'm going to say, 'You're welcome.' ...

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Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV


May 21 2014
A Q&A with the oldest sisters of America’s favorite quiverfull clan.
Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV
Howard Books

I stumbled onto the Duggars accidentally—curious about the little children I saw wandering around a construction site during one of their earliest TLC specials, when the family was building their 7,000-square-foot Arkansas home. I have been fascinated by this family ...

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