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March 19, 2018
Trafficking in Fear
I am chatting with a woman in a clothing store as our conversation moves from...
October 13, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Anxiety Offices”
Are any of us sleeping much lately? With such grief in the world right now,...
September 27, 2017
My Kite Boy
This post originally appeared at Good Letters on June 5, 2012. I woke at one...
May 04, 2017
Singing the Qur’an in Different Voices
I sat through the meeting distracted, nervous. I should have been at ease. After all,...
March 23, 2017
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
The commandment to love is nailed to my doorpost. Ritualistically written on a little piece...
November 22, 2016
Lashing Out at Myself
I was born with a certain level of anxiety in my blood—an electric edge that...
November 01, 2016
Poison Ivy and the Path of Grief
Though its fruit should’ve been in season, too many harsh Midwest winters left the leaves...
September 15, 2016
Unfriending, Impractical Jokes, and Other Foibles
If I were to graph my mental health over the past five years, the line...
April 21, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 2
Read Part 1 here. My fear of flying made every flight I took an exhausting...
April 20, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 1
Years ago, I worked with a woman who sold her car after a spider's nest...
August 14, 2015
Taming the Busy Trap
By Allison Backhous Troy I’m emerging from one of the busiest seasons of my life....
June 05, 2015
Hello, Insomnia, My Old Friend
It may have started with the antique grandfather clock in my childhood living room. The...
May 22, 2015
The Two Lists
Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed...
May 18, 2015
In the Marrow of Depression and Anxiety
By the time you read this, I’ll be feeling much better. Therapy will have commenced,...
March 18, 2015
Soft Hearts and Thin Skin
Recently I found myself engaged in another maddening conversation with my four-year old daughter. We...
March 16, 2015
Grace and the Incomplete Flush
Almost two years ago my husband and I bought a condo in a cool old...
December 16, 2014
The Regrettably Pretty Shoes: A St. Louis Story
Guest post by Linda Wendling I love St. Louis. I love Ferguson. My whole family...
April 10, 2014
Keeping Up with the Writing Joneses
By the time this post runs, I’ll be in Grand Rapids at the Calvin Festival...
February 04, 2014
For a young woman beset with all manner of insecurities, the early nineties in southern...
September 13, 2013
Chrysalis, Catacomb, Cloud Part 2
Guest Post Jen Hinst-White Continued from yesterday. Rob goes to bed; I go to...
September 10, 2013
Spiritual Counsel Part 1: Barking Dogs
“It’s good that you see spiritual direction in terms of a dog, instead of only...
September 05, 2013
Deborah* sat across the café table, cappuccino growing cold, tears brimming, lower lip trembling. “Jake’s...
July 31, 2013
Cutting Away the Noise
Fifteen years ago, there was no end to the noise. It took a cutting to...
April 23, 2013
Not long ago, I had surgery. I suppose that in the vastness of creation, the...
March 21, 2013
The Heart, a Home under Construction
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have...
October 31, 2012
The Work Awaits, Part Two
Almost exactly two years ago, I made my Good Letters debut with a post titled...
June 13, 2012
What I’ve Been Given
Six dogs: Snoopy, Prince, Woody, Ramona, Leon, Bubby. All but Bubby now nothing more than...
June 05, 2012
My Kite Boy
I woke at one thirty with a start. My heart pounded in my ears. My...
June 03, 2012
Making Rules for Life
For my forty-first birthday, I decided to write a personal rule of life. Turning forty...
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