Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine

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my grandfather. death hasn't really touched my life- I know the rarity of having not really been affected by death other than pets is a rare luxury yet I feel completely unprepared for it now. about 6 weeks ago, in an almost literary foreshadowing of hard things to come, I wrote a latin prayer on my white board at work: REQUIEM aeternam dona ei eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei eis. … [Read more...]

Real Love Series: My Story, Part 3

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read the previous installment here... Ben tilted his head, smiling quizzically, a little confused. His smile made my heart jump. I'll be honest here, I had tried to avoid him after the worship meeting. I had decided that suddenly I was a mature, confident woman who didn't need a man. (clearly evidenced by my avoidance...) Every deflection mechanism was in strongly in place and I was … [Read more...]

blooming weeds

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I think part of chasing authenticity and truth occasionally has to delve into the cheesy and cliche sometimes. I'm a geek and love a good life analogy and I'm pretty sure almost every writer has used this one before.  Recently I realized that the only thing really in full bloom in my yard was a lovely crop of weeds in my flower bed and yard. You see, I love the poetry of hands dug deep in … [Read more...]

stupid things well-meaning people say

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Sitting  up in my seat with my laptop cradled, I worked from my favorite Fayetteville coffee shop earlier this week. It's the one I don't work from much because of all the faces that I know and good talk more than work happens, which is all fun but not always good when deadlines fast approach. I wished the dark corners of the shop were open but instead I sat framed in the sunlight from the … [Read more...]