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Liz, Mom, and the Witch

Today's post is written by Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my writing mentors and former professors. Every time Dr. Murphy contributes to this blog and sends me a post, I cannot wait to read it. I know I'll enjoy the story--and I know the story will speak to me.  Bethany asked us to share… Continue reading Liz, Mom, and the Witch

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Gift list

Today's post is an essay by one of my English Composition I students, Hannah Shell. Hannah is a true ray of sunshine. After spending a semester observing her in class and getting to know her through her writing, I completely understand why her parents would want to bless her by surprising her with a car… Continue reading Gift list

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Dear Daniel

*Today's letter is written by fellow blogger and writer Mary Agrusa. Thank you, Mary, for your willingness to share your gifts with the world!* Dear Daniel, From the first time Mikael demurely admitted she was seeing someone, her tone of voice told me you were special. For the longest time she tantalized me with this… Continue reading Dear Daniel

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Dear Maggie

*During the month of November, I like to write letters--and feature guest writers who write letters--to thank people and to express gratitude. Since my entire blog centers on gratitude, this letter writing project during November is just another way to express my gratitude. The act of living in gratitude is something I practice as part… Continue reading Dear Maggie

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Day 10: Dear Caroline

*Day 10's post comes from my college friend Kelly Williams Barnett, who has become a great mom of a beautiful little girl.* Dear Caroline, Thank you for making most days crazy socks day. Thank you for helping me avoid stepping on hot lava. Thank you for placing the bookmark in my book before closing it… Continue reading Day 10: Dear Caroline

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To my stepdaughter

*Big thanks to a friend of mine who gave me permission to post this letter he wrote to his stepdaughter recently. Thank God for  step parents who do engage and don't choose apathy.* Kylie, This is long. You will find it annoying and will likely skip entire paragraphs the first time you read it.  I… Continue reading To my stepdaughter

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Bad to the bone

My poor stepdad. I know he loves my mom. Why else would you willingly marry a woman with FOUR little girls under the age of 12? After our cat Ralph died, my poor stepdad was the lone male ranger in the ongoing and increasing estrogen fest. Even our dog, Watson, was a female (and yes,… Continue reading Bad to the bone