Keep Coming Back to the Table

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A few years ago, our family decided to have our Easter lunch at my Mama’s house, just like we used to do when we were growing up. Church commitments had kept my siblings, cousins, and me at our respective houses for several years in a row, but that year we determined that instead of trying to convince my Mama why she shouldn’t go to any trouble for all of us, we’d just shut our collective mouths … [Read more...]

Margaret Feinberg: Fight Back With Joy

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Calm down, Margaret. It’s probably nothing to worry about. Who gets breast cancer in her thirties? she said to herself when she felt a lump on her right breast. Life is full of twists and turns. Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2013. Following her diagnosis, she had to undergo months of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. As she … [Read more...]

The Sacred Ordinary

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Year after year, Christmastime arrives in a flourish with all the trimmings, and the world is tempted to upscale, overspend, and outdo. But isn’t it the small, almost insignificant moments that actually make Christmas grand? Maybe it’s the smiling face of a four-year-old as she offers you a homemade gift. Or it’s a few words written in a card from a much-missed old friend. Such simple moments … [Read more...]