Cold Snaps and Snow Boots

I'm not the biggest fan of winter, for sure. I much prefer my flip flops and sundresses, and I love to be able to hop in the car and go without having to maneuver around what I lovingly refer to as my Ooompa-Loompa coat, which is about the circumference of a small country when not pressed down, but is as warm as it is ugly. 

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Let The Madness Begin

I’m writing this from Pennsylvania, where I’m visiting my parents. It’s Black Friday. My fingers are still swollen from all the sugar and carbs we consumed yesterday (I can’t wait the January health kick to start in) and when I get home, those $*#&*& Elves on the Shelves are waiting to demonstrate my every parental failure when I consistently forget to remove them. I swear, I wake up in panicky sweats every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas morning, when the Little &*&*&*^@$%s, as my husband and I call them, finally get shoved back into the wrapping paper container.

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When To Love Your Echo Chamber

There's something to be said for listening to other voices, especially if your goal is to be a peacemaker (not a peace keeper -- there's a difference) in this world. Stepping outside of our echo chambers is important so we can understand perspectives different from our own. The learning out there beyond our boundaries can be invaluable, and we are more likely to initiate the change we want to see in the world when we travel beyond our nice, safe personal borders. 

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Meekness As A Form of Resistance

The idea of meekness in western culture has taken on an unfortunate connotation of weakness. There is hardly even a virtue that we admire that remotely mimics the virtue of meekness. Far from being weak, a meek person is the person who endures undesirable circumstances, with the understanding that it's all part of a bigger plan. 

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How To Be An Ally

We all have our own special perch on the privilege ladder; as a white, straight, cis-gendered American-born woman, I’m pretty much one step down from the top of the heap. So while I experience some marginalization, I still have a lot of privilege, and with that comes a lot of responsibility and a lot of power. How can I use that power for good, especially when I want to be an ally to those who are more marginalized than me, like my black, Muslim, or gay friends?

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4 Tips To Be A Social Media Peace Maker

We've all experienced it -- the social media flurry of combative statements, over-generalizations, and heated arguments. Probably, you've already been unfriended by a person or two. Social justice is important to you, but Jesus told us that peacemakers are blessed -- so how do we stand up for what for what we believe, and still be the peacemaker that Jesus calls blessed?

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