Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Year in the Life

We all hoped it would be a quick fix, I think.  One year ago, we met a single mother and her seven children at the First Light Shelter for Homeless Women and Children in downtown Birmingham, and thus began a … Continue reading

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Only Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go … Continue reading

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All Is Grace

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes.  I believe and I doubt, I hope and I get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Tomorrow marks an anniversary for me, an experience common to all of us who live long enough to lose people we love.  Ironically, in my own history, two different beloved people died on this same date, several years apart—both of … Continue reading

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Learning Lessons

I was called for jury duty this week, one of those experiences most of us dread.  I have been called a number of times over the years and in all my experiences with jury duty prior to this one, I … Continue reading

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An Easter Promise

The women left while it was still dark, walking in silence with slow but determined steps.  Their faces were pale and drawn; their eyes were swollen and scratchy after two nights of sleepless tears.  They had a task to perform, … Continue reading

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