Ivan the (recently) Terrible, Blanca, and the Politics of Cats & Dogs

Poor Ivan, Ivan the (recently) Terrible, Ivan the cat nobody wanted. Found by my step-son, Sean, the night Sean's mother died, he'd been abandoned to whatever fate befalls tiny kittens taken too soon from their mother. There was no sign of momma-cat or siblings, just tiny Ivan, whom kindhearted Sean scooped up from a dumpster by the local …

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Have You Changed Your Mind Lately?

Over time, I've changed my mind about lots of things: broccoli, stinky cheeses, Texas, being seen in public wearing sweatpants. But today's Forward Day by Day meditation gave me pause: "How many of us have ever been challenged to change our minds about what the kingdom of God means, or who it might include? What is …

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The Changing of the Guard

Have you ever seen the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace? Not just on TV, but actually witnessed it? It's amazing and beautiful, a majestic combination of pageantry and precision. Every soldier knows his or her part, they have drilled for this innumerable times and there is no guess-work. It is, to the viewing public, perfect, every …

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For Cara, or, Comfort for Parents of Imminent College Students

For all the tea in China I would never be purposefully rude or hurtful to anyone, yet I so often am when unfiltered things come flying out of my face or occasionally, fingertips. For example, the other day a friend posted a heartfelt comment about her daughter going off to college, how she was already …

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Chaos before the Calm

The feeling of something forgotten, something important forgotten, only suddenly remembered when it's about too late? Yes, that slender, icy arrow to the heart as one's head pops up out of whatever had distracted one, say, the bed covered with the contents of one's closet: two giant plastic tubs full of winter clothing; camera equipment; hat …

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