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Words and Nature – Earth Day, 2021

Two things that are true about me: I feel my calmest when I am near a body of water or looking out at mountains or flower covered canyons; and I enjoy words. I recall a time when I lived in Indiana, that I spent hours looking for some moving water. I eventually found myself in… Continue reading Words and Nature – Earth Day, 2021

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Aevrie Rhose: A Rose Gifted in 2020

“What time is it?” “Has it been three hours already?” “What have I done today?” “Did I even shower?” “Aww, was that a smile?” These are just a few of the questions that both my daughter and I asked the last month or so in 2020.  Aevrie Rhose, my first grandchild, came into the world on her due date with 10 toes, 10 fingers, and a cute button nose. Unlike… Continue reading Aevrie Rhose: A Rose Gifted in 2020

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There is No Such Thing as a Multi-Cultural Church

Now, read that again and let it sink in. There is NO such thing as a multi-cultural church. No. Nope. No such thing! Sure, there are churches that are multi-ethnic. There are those that are diverse when it comes to age, gender, socio-economic status, and background. But differing cultures? No. Many think that when people… Continue reading There is No Such Thing as a Multi-Cultural Church

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2020: A Year of Collective Loss for Black America

{CONTENT WARNING: death, COVID-19, trauma, and police brutality. A 10-minute read.} I think “It” started on January 26th with the news that Kobé Bryant, his daughter and seven others had perished in a helicopter crash. We had just landed for one of two layovers between Shreveport and Las Vegas when the news broke. I recall… Continue reading 2020: A Year of Collective Loss for Black America

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Reparation

Reparation: noun (Dictionary.com).• the making of amends for wrong or injury done: i.e. reparation for an injustice.• usual usage: compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.• restoration to good condition.• repair I sit here… Continue reading Reparation

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The Church and Church Hurt

Once while attending a panel discussion on “church hurt,” I heard one panelist talk about her issue with the phrase “Church Hurt.” The speaker talked about The Church being a place of healing and restoration, therefore there is no such thing as church hurt. As I looked around the room, mine wasn’t the only face… Continue reading The Church and Church Hurt