A SEARCH FOR FRIENDS

2019-04-23T13:58:54-04:00

Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash By Stella Orange I’m looking for friends. I’m not talking about acquaintances, associates, or neighbors. I’m talking about the sorts of people who you don’t have to put a bra on for before they come over. I’m talking people who like to have meandering conversations on the couch. I’m talking about people with whom I can share meals, vacations, and other schemes. When I was first out of college, I lived in a Japanese village in a small house with woven straw mat floors, a five-minute walk from the middle school where I taught English. I was befriended [...]

A SEARCH FOR FRIENDS2019-04-23T13:58:54-04:00

FINDING YOUR WAY OUT OF A RUT

2019-04-23T11:47:28-04:00

Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash By Gail Barker, B.A., C.P.C.C. “The difference between a rut and a grave is simply a matter of depth.” I wish I could remember where I first heard this quote, or to whom I should attribute it. Because I think it’s brilliant and it always makes me chuckle a bit (sometimes, the chuckle is more of a snort of laughter — either way, it brings a smile to my face). The fact is, the feeling of “being in a rut” is something we all experience from time to time. Things start off innocuously enough; we settle into a [...]

FINDING YOUR WAY OUT OF A RUT2019-04-23T11:47:28-04:00

LIFE’S EVER-TURNING CYCLES

2019-03-28T12:52:06-04:00

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini To everything turn, turn, turn. There is a reason turn, turn, turn. And a time for every purpose under heaven. So wrote Pete Seeger with words he took from the Book of Ecclesiastes. We are hopefully born into a good, well-functioning, and loving family. We then start the stages of life. As a toddler, every minute is a new experience, and babies learn constantly and continuously. Babyhood leads quickly into school days with reading, writing, and the dreaded arithmetic. We get through it, if lucky, without much of a struggle. Friends make an appearance in [...]

LIFE’S EVER-TURNING CYCLES2019-03-28T12:52:06-04:00

SPLIT-SECOND WORLDSHIFT

2019-03-25T12:04:18-04:00

Photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash by Morella Devost, EdM, MA On a gorgeous Friday afternoon in August of 2012, I asked myself a question that turned my world around in a split second. It opened the doors to an overnight miracle like I’d never experienced before and changed me forever. It has the power to do the same for you. Between the spring and summer of 2012, I found myself in renters’ limbo. I was out of my previous home and needed to find a new one. While I searched, my stuff went into storage, and I moved in with my dad and [...]

SPLIT-SECOND WORLDSHIFT2019-03-25T12:04:18-04:00

WOMAN ON THE STREET: CHURCH IN THE BEAN ISLE

2019-04-01T09:48:43-04:00

By Stella Orange The grocery store was packed on a Sunday afternoon, resulting in a sort of grocery cart Grand Prix. Racers drove their metal carts down the aisles, vying for pole position. The intersections at the ends of the aisles were especially treacherous: not only did you have to keep your eye on the cart riding your bumper; you also had to time your entry into the turn just right to avoid collision with other carts.   And there I was, in the bean aisle, standing still. I was contemplating my spouse’s request for what seemed like far too many [...]

WOMAN ON THE STREET: CHURCH IN THE BEAN ISLE2019-04-01T09:48:43-04:00

WHAT IF IT’S BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN TO GIVE?

2019-03-25T12:23:32-04:00

Photo by Jeremy Cai on Unsplash By Juna Guetter In a world that celebrates giving, the aspect of receiving is often missed. Receiving isn’t a quality that gets much attention or the respect it deserves. It’s often buried underneath the pile of more honorable deeds like giving. There’s even a Biblical saying embedded in our cultural conditioning: “It is better to give than to receive.” And we’ve believed it to be true without question. What this creates is a world of stressed-out people proving to themselves and others that they are good based on what they do, how much they volunteer, how much they [...]

WHAT IF IT’S BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN TO GIVE?2019-03-25T12:23:32-04:00
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