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The enormous toll of undervaluing…

It must be so exhausting for people of color to have to keep explaining their experiences to white people. Last week, yet another young white man, filled with rage and hate, shot and killed people who didn’t look like him. This time, it was eight people in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent.  Almost

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Sometimes things work out…

Things have felt fragile to me lately. This includes, but is not limited to, our democracy, the mental health of our nation’s youth and young adults, climate change, friends’ marriages, family members’ health, manufacturing supply chains and, because of where I live, UGA’s chances for remaining undefeated this football season. Most things feel tenuous to

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Five things every night…

Last October, I sent out a Bat-Signal, asking for help. I was in a stuck place emotionally where I could only see the things that were broken. Some of my kids were having a hard time, the election was looming and life felt heavy. I knew I had so much to be thankful for, but

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The courage to walk away…

When I was about to graduate from seminary, I had one of the most vivid nightmares of my life. It still haunts me. In the dream, I’d agreed to fight Mike Tyson. When I showed up at the venue, I was freaking out because I didn’t have any boxing gloves. My family was trying to

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Don’t let yourself get soooo hungry…

Sunday morning, for the first time since the pandemic began, I went to an indoor worship service, with real people and live music. We wore masks, but we were invited to sing hymns. It was glorious. I felt nurtured and strengthened and grateful. I know better than to expect this every Sunday.  When my kids

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Get ready for the next “Greatest Generation”

I recently saw a post online from a parent of a high school senior that said, “They’ve had so much taken away from them. They deserve a prom.”  Right away, I was conflicted. Young adults in high school and college have indeed had so many important life events canceled. Missing out on these milestones and

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Getting the word out…

There’s a great cartoon series by Emily Flake in The New Yorker about emerging from the pandemic and revealing our new, weirder selves to one another. She says, “In the grim cocoon of quarantine, I’ve metamorphosed into…someone else..or something else. Like a toad, but without the cool amphibian powers.” She tries to figure out how

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When a hero disappoints…

As a fan of Deshaun Watson and as a feminist, I don’t know what to think about the allegations against him.  My daughter Katie is a huge Deshaun Watson fan. While I have no idea who the quarterback was when I was a student at Clemson and don’t know who currently holds that position, Deshaun

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