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Dear Grief, I shudder to refer to  you as ‘dear.’  Yet, you have been with me for so long, by virtue of the fact that you have become a part of me, I suppose that has entitled you to earn the accolade of affection, though my heart grants it ...
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a handful of people have asked me what it has been like in these past few weeks, having spent ten-and-a-half years in a foreign country and returning back to my hometown, to the place where i buried my mother seventeen months ago. what have i learned in this period ...
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We were on our way from Cape Town to Johannesburg, a sixteen-hour drive.  As we crossed the border into a new province upcountry, my husband rolled down the window and took in a deep breath. “Ah, can you smell it?” he exhaled with deep satisfaction.  “The air is different ...
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Well, it’s that time again. Packing time. This marks my ninth move in ten years. Perhaps the most time consuming aspect of this exercise is sorting through all the goods we have accumulated and having to decide which are precious enough to occupy space and weight in our luggage, ...
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We stood side by side, shoulders hunched over the same bowl.  We were making date bars, a recipe familiar to both my six-year-old daughter and me.  But this time was different.  This time, unbeknownst to me, the packet of dates that I had already melted into the butter and ...
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Paperwork.  Applications.  Fees.  Months of waiting.  More paperwork.  More fees.  More waiting.  Medical exams.  Immunizations.  X-rays.  More money.  Long drives.  Interviews.  More money. After two years of waiting, our family is finally coming to the final stages of the immigration process from South Africa to the United States.  Upon ...
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At a mere five years of age, the idea is already firmly planted in his mind: big muscles are cool.  Not only is he convinced that big muscles are cool, but he is also sure that he wants them. Determined to get them, actually. He studies intently the way ...
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Some may have seen it as a normal, run-of-the-mill, Friday night music rehearsal in preparation for the Sunday morning church service. For me, it was more than that. For me, it was a tangible portrait of the interdependency of the body of Christ. You see, there were only six ...

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