The Long Way Home

I’m thrilled to see that The Enquirer is doing a three-part series on Joe Neyer. Please, take the time to read it. I know it’s going to be great. Joe Neyer loved lilies. They would grow and flourish and shine. Then, too soon, they would die and fall back into his pond. Only a memory. […]

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The Culture of Blessed

I just finished watching President Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney. If you haven’t watched it, please click here and spend the 37 minutes. It’s important. He spoke a lot about grace and how we don’t earn it. This is something I’ve been thinking about since last Sunday when my own pastor tackled the root cause of suffering […]

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Park 4!

It was an unusually cool and windy day in Southern Ohio today. Perfect for a hike in Old Growth Woods. Today we had it all. We’ve often visited one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful urban parks – Ault Park – for family picnics or weddings. It’s a gorgeous park with rolling hills, stunning views, and quite […]

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What a Week!

Last week was collectively horrible – the racist massacre of church folk in Charleston and a local officer killed in the line of duty. But then this week, tides turned quickly – state-sponsored Confederate flags seem to be going to way of the dodo bird. The ACA was upheld despite a hissy fit over six words. […]

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Park 3

I’m starting to think that the park experiences that don’t match my vision of the park experience is actually the park experience. How’s that for an opener? This week, we visited a local suburban one, Swaim Park. To be fair, I’ve been here before, as have the kids but it was awhile ago so they […]

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Equanimity

The goal of the four statements I mentioned in the previous post is equanimity – an evenness of keel or stillness of the mind. I think I’m attracted to the idea because it is just so very elusive to me. And nothing challenges that to which I aspire more than nine innocent people being gunned […]

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Ripples

A list of things I don’t understand could fill the internet. Today, I’m going to try to narrow it down a bit. First off – pronouns. Late last year a local teen committed suicide on the interstate after deciding that the transition from male to female would never be possible. Of course there’s the curious case […]

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Ducks, Not Monkeys

Week two was a special one. Not just because Saturday was my son’s half-birthday (he made me say that), also because it was my husband’s 50th. As a side note, I remember celebrating his 26th with him. You put one foot in front of the other and the next thing you know almost a quarter […]

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Summer kick-off

As of Thursday, the kids are out of school. With both drivers in the family working, keeping up with taxi duties is challenging this summer, as is keeping my 15-year-old and 13-year-old from getting too bored too quickly. It seems like we’re always going separate ways. And of course there is the “nose in the iPhone […]

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Self-Evident

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~ Declaration of Independence Americans hold these words in sacred regard. Written in the 18th century, they reflected the ethos […]

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