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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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Untied shoelaces and lost gloves

Today's post is written by my great friend, Debra Dickey. Thanks for the great reminder, Debra, that God is always faithful to me in the small things, too. I have had the honor of an unconventional amount of both during this past year.  At first, the phenomenon was a bit of a nuisance, but by… Continue reading Untied shoelaces and lost gloves

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Day 14: Dear students

*It's Day 14 of the Dear Gratitude project. Today, I'm sharing a letter to my students. There is no way I could ever thank each of them individually for all they've added to my life. I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach today, and I look forward to teaching for years to come, hopefully!* Dear… Continue reading Day 14: Dear students

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My mother’s Emmy Award winning moment

*Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for serving as today's guest writer. Always a pleasure to read her work!*           Timing was everything.  The sound of The Huntley-Brinkley Report emanating from the television in our living room was my ticking clock, each word a precious second flying by.  Night after night as they delivered… Continue reading My mother’s Emmy Award winning moment

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You can go your own way

My boyfriend in college once told me that I reminded him of the female character in a Celtic song who was forever "chasing cannonballs." He was right. I have been notorious for stubbornly making my own decisions. I often refer to this tendency as my "God versus Bethany" struggle. For years, mostly due to some… Continue reading You can go your own way

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Day 22–Ur-ine love

*Thanks to my college buddy, Shannon Dickerson, for writing today's post as part of the 28 days of love project. Check out her personal blog as well.* Today I had an appointment with the carpet cleaning people.  I came home from school and waited patiently on the representative to come in and provide an estimate… Continue reading Day 22–Ur-ine love

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Hope fills holes

Yesterday, a friend and I baked our little hearts out in preparation for my husband's birthday celebration. While we cored apples and blended spices, we talked about what's going on in our lives . . .  pregnancy woes, impending birth of my daughter, financial issues, relationships with family members, and our unique struggles with letting… Continue reading Hope fills holes