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Dark Snapshots of My Mother

Fifty-two years ago this month my beautiful mother, Jacqueline Virginia Gunter Roberts, took her own life at the age of 36 in a violent act, a month before my 7th birthday. Recently newsworthy people, people who appear to have been … Continue reading

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The Year of Writing More

      Those who know me best love me in spite of the fact that I struggle with time management. My best ideas too often come at the last minute and setting my watch ahead in an attempt to … Continue reading

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Learning to Rejoice

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 One of the things with which I am most comfortable—something I recognize as one of my better qualities—is my ease at mourning with others, holding people when they … Continue reading

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Risky Business

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Happy Birthday Aunt Virginia

One of my most vivid memories of childhood holiday dinners is my Aunt Virginia’s congealed-orange-carrot-celery salad. Served on individual glass plates—an extravagance in itself—atop a single leaf of lettuce with a dollop of mayonnaise, those perfectly cut little squares represented … Continue reading

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The Next 40 Days

Today marks the first day of my favored season of the church calendar – the 40 days leading up to Easter – Lent. Growing up Baptist, Lent was not something my family observed and it wasn’t until attending an Anglican … Continue reading

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A Phone Call with My Daddy

  There are all kinds of reasons I’ve called my father through the years. In high school I called to check-in, letting him know I’d safely arrived somewhere. During college (and at times beyond) I called to ask for money or car-advice. … Continue reading

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Today. Love.

This afternoon Devan and I attended the funeral mass of a young man, 18 years old, killed in a road accident just a few days ago. This young man, a friend of our son’s, lived one street over and as … Continue reading

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Keeping It Simple

My middle son has set out on his own and fled to a faraway land. Okay he didn’t quite go it alone and faraway land is probably a stretch. He had accomplices; the family packed his plastic tubs and stack-able bed side … Continue reading

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A Girl Named Mary

Nineteen years ago today we were living in Nairobi and I was 4 months pregnant with twin girls. Due to it being my third pregnancy, and the fact that I was carrying twins, I looked and felt “very pregnant”. As … Continue reading

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