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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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Embodying the spirit of giving

*Today's post is written by contributor Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my former professors. Dr. Murphy is a fabulous writer; I'm thankful that she regularly contributes to my blog and still takes the time to mentor me as a writer, demonstrating to me the true spirit of giving as well. Merry Christmas, Dr. Murphy!*… Continue reading Embodying the spirit of giving

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What I learned from my parents

This piece was written by my former professor, who I like to consider one of my writing mentors, Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, as a tribute to her parents. They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this month. Happy anniversary to a couple who obviously understand what it takes to love others well. My parents were… Continue reading What I learned from my parents

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Oh brother!

*I'm so thankful for Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for sharing this piece!* With our book satchels on our arms, my sister Liz and I tumbled out of our dad’s Ford Galaxie 500.  We crunched across the winter grass and bounded up the concrete steps that led to our grandmother’s white frame house.  Our car coats… Continue reading Oh brother!

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Staying true to his altruistic roots

*Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for writing today's post in celebration of National Teacher Day.* May 7th is National Teacher Day.  Since 1985, each Tuesday of the first full week of May has been a nationally recognized day to honor teachers. According to the National Education Association, the day’s origins go back to… Continue reading Staying true to his altruistic roots

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Counting on Counting Bob

*Thank you, Teresa Burns Murphy, for stepping in as today's guest contributor. Check out Teresa's website for information on her novel.* My dad has a reputation for being good with numbers.  This is one of the reasons he has been the official attendance taker at church and Sunday school for many years.  He also has… Continue reading Counting on Counting Bob

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Happy early birthday, Margaret!

*Special thanks to my beloved former professor and friend, Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, for writing today's post in honor of her Margaret.* 16 October 2012 Dear Bethany, Eighteen years ago I was where you are now – expecting a baby girl.  My daughter, Margaret, was due on Halloween, but she arrived a couple of weeks… Continue reading Happy early birthday, Margaret!