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What Makes Us Who We Are?

What Makes Us Who We Are?

Gracie was around ten weeks old when we adopted her. We had gone looking for an older dog, not a puppy. An abandoned or discarded former pet less likely to be welcomed into someone else’s home. But that’s not how things worked out. Gracie did not jostle with the rest...
Seeing Color

Seeing Color

Several of my friends in long-term recovery have harrowing stories about hitting bottom. They lost a job or a spouse. A DWI landed them in jail. Their children, their parents, and their friends wouldn’t speak to them anymore. An overdose or liver disease nearly killed...
Because You Are You

Because You Are You

Jason Reynolds noticed something about young people. Especially young boys. They hate reading books. At least, they think that they hate books. His insight was that they don’t actually detest reading. They just don’t like being bored. The problem, he realized, was...
The Truth that Sets Us Free

The Truth that Sets Us Free

“Before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable.” This is Richard Rohr’s amplification of Jesus’s famous teaching: the truth will set you free. (Falling Upward, p. 74; John 8:32) What I take Rohr—and more basically Jesus—to be saying is something like...
When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

The term “crisis fatigue” entered my vocabulary in 2020. Strictly speaking, it’s not an officially recognized psychological disorder. At least, not yet. But social scientists tell us that people are experiencing it. Lots of people. Confronted by a relentless barrage...