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Turning points

Dear One, When you died about one month ago, you caught me off guard. You became suddenly ill, and 24 hours later, you were eating pizza, fruit cake, and pudding cups in heaven. I can't say I didn't see it coming. There was something inside of me that whispered, "Go see her more often" about… Continue reading Turning points

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Any other way

Today's post is written by Jessica Nicol, a former student of mine, who has truly had her fair share of traumatic experiences this semester. In the midst of them, she has managed to maintain her composure and serenity to the best of her ability, and I think she's become a stronger person as a result.… Continue reading Any other way

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The greatest love

Today's post is written by my friend Betty Gail Jones. Thank you, Betty Gail, for the beautiful reminder of the greatest love of all. There once was a man who lived in perfect paradise where he was surrounded by riches and beauty.  Every hour was filled with wonderful music, and he continually experienced peaceful serenity… Continue reading The greatest love

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The Ravine

*The following essay was written by one of my students, Samantha Jones, in English Composition I about a place of significance. While this essay is not in letter format, it does pay homage to the memories of her childhood and her sister. For that reason, I asked for her permission to share it with all… Continue reading The Ravine

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My mother’s Bible

*Thank you, Lorie Mink, for sharing your reflections and gratitude in this post.* While searching my closet for a pair of slippers, I came across my mother’s Bible. It’s been sitting on the shelf since we moved in the house three years ago. And I can’t remember the last time I opened it. Mama’s been… Continue reading My mother’s Bible

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Lost but not forgotten

Big thanks to one of my students, who is a vivacious and wonderful person, Jessica Nicol, for sharing her story in today's post. You know the point in your life where you just don't feel like being angry anymore? I'm there. I've found that in life there is always that one person who you never… Continue reading Lost but not forgotten

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Day 29: Dear Dawn

*I'm thankful for my college friend, Lorie Mink for sharing her letter to her friend, Dawn, on Day 29 of the Dear Gratitude project.* Dear Dawn, I remember the day we met like it was yesterday. It was June of 1980, and I was three months shy of turning 9. We just moved into the… Continue reading Day 29: Dear Dawn