Category Archives: Stories and More

Happy Birthday Mr. Norris

      Mr. Norris came into our lives in September, 2003. We were living in Kenya but had spent that summer in the U.S. while Nathan, our middle son, received treatment at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville for a … Continue reading

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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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Her Name is Gloria June

One of the things Devan and I are trying to be more intentional about is spending quality time with people–taking time to sit and listen and be with those we know well and those we’d like to know better. Today’s … 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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To My Teaching Colleagues – Once Again, Your Time is Now

  I’m sitting here in a small, locally owned coffee shop, sharing electricity, Wi-Fi, and coffee with a packed room of fellow St. Augustinians. People are obviously stressed and most look as though they haven’t bathed in a while, but … 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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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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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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It’s Spring!

It’s Spring. The bright, lemon-yellow necklace I wore to church today prompted several to remark on how “springy” it looked. After church I headed to Southern Horticulture; mulch was calling my name; and a man unbeknownst to me approached with … Continue reading

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