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What do you find sob worthy? »

I’m a Facebook junkie and totally okay with it! I think it’s one of the best ways to stay in touch with folks across the miles. I also think it’s fun to view pictures of friends and relatives who I grew up with, but don’t see often.

If you’re on Facebook, I bet you’ve seen some

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What it means to shop while black »

Sometimes you don’t notice an oddity if it happens all the time. I tend to go about my life, trying to assume the best of everyone, until someone shows me otherwise. For the most part, I assume that others do the same.

But something troubling happened recently, close to home, in a town that’s not

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History, genetics explain love of quilts »

Look at my Facebook walls or the real walls in my home and you can soon conclude I love quilts.

I’m forever posting photos on Facebook from the quilt shows I attend or the projects I’m working on. Quilts can be found in nearly every room of my home, not to mention the large collection of

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Modern solutions to age-old problems »

During girl talk with my 90-year-old mom and some much younger girls, the subject of in-kind gifts for the Tenth Triennial Gathering came up. I told them Days for Girls—a movement to provide sustainable feminine hygiene solutions for girls in more than 100 countries—is one of our

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When we up upend our own tables »

This summer Gather’s three-session Bible study by Kelly Fryer focuses on confronting power that is used to oppress, mistreat or persecute those Jesus called “the least of these.”

It’s made me think not just about how I confront power in my own life, but also how I use power.

Because, let’s face it, we

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Saints who love unconditionally »

A while ago, my sister’s mother-in-law passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Jan was in her early 60s and had three toddler grandchildren and another one on the way. She was loved and admired by a slew of friends and family. She treated everybody like they were family. Everybody was invited in and accepted

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Here’s how you form a real community »

When I was about 14, my mom and I went to the funeral of a much older relative–my first. I don’t remember much about it except this: All the adults stood around eating and chatting, mostly about fishing. Being 14, I didn’t get it. What was the point of that? Traveling hundreds of miles to

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Responding with 24 hours of prayer »

Upon the death of prominent people, it’s not unusual to hear TV newscasters say something like “our thoughts and prayers are with the family of ….” I don’t know about the newscasters’ faith lives, but that phrase often seems shallow or hollow to me.

I know one women’s group, however, where offers of prayer are anything

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