The year an ice storm canceled my calculus exam

I was a senior in high school, and I was failing calculus. I had to be. I hadn’t understood a word the teacher had said for months, and I couldn’t recall passing a single quiz.
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Excited about reading, a late Christmas gift, taking down the tree, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our younger son was afraid he wouldn’t find a book he wanted to buy. Then he spotted a book on a display and made a beeline for it.
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Finding Jesus in the hospital

There’s no sign that says, “Jesus,” with an arrow.
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Bidding farewell to Greetings & Readings

You never want to see a business close, but seeing a local, family-owned business shut its doors after many years in the community is especially sad. So I was really sorry when I saw that Greetings & Readings is set to close later this month.
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The year the tree fell

That single tree—a tree I had barely noticed before—was apparently such an obstruction between our homes that our paths had barely crossed. Once it was gone, we saw each other almost every day.
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Greeting New Year with trust and hope

We step into the New Year with faith that each of us can help make the world a little better.
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Every Advent gives you another chance

God knows we fail and gives us another chance, in Advent and in Confession.
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Rejoice—even in an imperfect Advent journey

It’s the third week of Advent, and Christmas—which seemed so far off just a few weeks ago—is looming large.
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Christmas sweaters and lights, birthday celebrations, sharks, and rice (7 Quick Takes)

We were invited to wear ugly Christmas sweaters to a work meeting, and somehow I realized I didn’t own a Christmas sweater.
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