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The Evil at Sandy Hook
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We are a Gold Star Family: Sucks 2...
Daddy was the first dead person I ever saw. A child...
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Revenge & Redemption
I spoke with my friend Lillian tonight. Lillian's only daughter, Marjorie, was...
Dead Boy's Devoted Daddy
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Urban Intellect talks Comedy: Jelani Greenidge
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The Holiness of a Place
Can you see the holiness of a place beyond the "No Trespass"...
Appearances: Bristol, Johnson City, & Knoxville
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The Problem with Evil
I have been intentionally silent. Instead of blogging, I have spent time...
A Soul Void
Let’s get something clear, okay? Hatred is not a mental illness. It...
Elliot Rodger's Right
I have been sitting here in silence. Silence broken by birds...
Do Something Sacred
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Summers at Christian Bend, TN
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A Soldier's Funeral
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Running on Empty
I had a dentist appointment in Tri-Cities yesterday afternoon. It was one...
The Lost Father
Today (Saturday, May 17) is my father's birthday. Had he lived we...
God loves us like a toddler does
I awoke with a start early. Just popped up eyes wide...
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Writing about the pros and cons of abortion always makes...
Holy & Mesmerizing Fiction
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Dear Mommy Dearest
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About that Supreme Court Ruling on Ceremonial Prayers
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Rutgers Browbeats Rice
Rutgers. Pleeeeassseee. Have you no academic integrity? No sense of tolerance? No...
Inside-Out Morality: The Art of Public Shaming
There I was, waiting for my order at Starbucks, minding my...
When Nigga & Nigger are Okay Words to...
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Body Bag memory
A prayer of David If I rise on the wings of the...
The Sound of Sameness
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There I was, all decked out in my red suede shoes...
My Granny's Hands
I dreamed of my grandmother’s hands. It was an odd dream...
People of the Struggle
Resurrections are on my mind this week. Yours, too? Specifically, I've been...
FNG: Fine Nice Gal's Run For the Wall
Ten years ago, I joined my father's medic for a cross-country...
Hoe it out
My daughter and her family are preparing to move to a...
Take the Army's Word for It: Fort Hood's...
Not a direct precipitating factor. That's the official word out of Fort...
Weatherford Award for Fiction
In late February, four short weeks ago now, a letter arrived in...
Starve a Child, Save a Gay
I was in Nashville when the text message arrived: "Have you kept...
Fred Phelps: Life of Fear
I'm not proud of it but there have been people I have...
Making Jesus Famous
There is a new phraseology making the rounds in Evangelical circles. I've...
Libraries and Bookstores
Truck drivers have their greasy diners. Artists have their pristine galleries....
The Devil Walks in Mattingly
Publication day can be one of the loneliest of all...
Doing Nothing for the Least of Us
Not a one of them called Children Services. People walked over top...
Not God's Tools
I had stayed too long, visiting. Not an uncommon occurrence for...
Woken by the SWAT alarm
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Praying for Mardi Gras
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I was in Leavenworth, Washington over the weekend. I went at...
This Dark Road to Tent Revivals & New...
I met a fella named Memphis Storm this week. That's his...
I Married a Feminist
When I think of the most patriarchal of all organizations, it...
Prayers for the Missionary
Perhaps you read Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? and remember...
Serendipity: God's calling card
Decades ago, back when I was a newbie wanna-be, not...
Purple Heart Recipient Jed Zillmer: American Tragedy
His life ended in a one-sided shoot-out. Police said he wanted...
I am a Valentine baby. More than likely an anniversary Valentine...
I dream of dead people
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When Grace Breaks Us
Grace is terrifying. It is the cast aside bloodied bandages of...
My Disc Jockey Days
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Obamacare: The Pro-Choice Hypocrisy
The pro-abortion and right-to-choose segment of our society has all but co-opted...
I was slain in the spirit once. Splayed out. Laid flat....
Cold Tip Survival Guide
There are reasons why people choose to live in the South. Sunshine...
MLK & Sudan's Human Rights Disaster
"Our Father who art in Heaven," I prayed, even as...
Lone Survivor: A Gold Star Daughter Interviews a...
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz Jr. was one of the...
Lone Survivor: Thoughts from a Gold Star Daughter
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A case against MaryJane
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Lessons of Bobby Sands
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President Johnson's Moron Corps
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I love the start of a race, the opening chapter of a...
Mothers & Mental Illness
My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here...
Resolutions of a Misremembered Life
She bought the buffet from a man who lived in that...
Beneath the Rising Jesus
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes...
Practice the Old Art
He wore coveralls over his jeans and flannel shirt. The kind...
The last thing Claire did before heading out the door...
A World without God
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Lambs to Lanza's Slaughter
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Book Giveaway: Fiction
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Why Being Vulnerable Doesn't Frighten Me
People say it to me all the time and it is true:...
Speaking of addictions, consider the following from the Vancouver Sun:...
Rent-a-parent for the Holidays
My mother loved Christmas. She made a big fuss over it every...
Agony of Advent
"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot..." Isaiah...
Elan Gale's On-Flight Fake Fight
Be sweet, Lewis, be sweet. Those were the words Mama Grizzard spoke...
Outgrowing Gender Differences
Miz Shelby had not been home in nearly a year. Not since...
I Know Who You Are - I Saw...
I do not want to live in a world where everything I...
Book Giveaway: The Prayer Box
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God's Downton Abbey: The Cheney Feud
It takes a lot to get me to feel anything remotely empathetic...
Flannery's Prayers Made Public
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Radio Interview: Mother of Rain. Appearance The Dalles....
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Obamacare's Sticker Shock
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It's My Birthday
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Gone off the Farm
It’s her daddy’s fist slamming the table that Diane Carlson Evans...
Un-Fan Mail: Silence of Mockingbirds
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I took an ailing veteran to the VA Center in Boise, Idaho...
Giveaway: A Confident Heart
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Cultivating Curiosity: Bruccoli & Fitzgerald
I once held F. Scott Fitzgerald's battered leather briefcase in my trembling...
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She stood across the table from me unable to speak. A catch...
Drinking from toilets
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Writing Workshop: Clarkston, Wa.
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Re-homing: Lastest fad in Child Trafficking
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Mark Driscoll: On the attack
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Definitely a Big Deal
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Ode to Piggly Wiggly
Perhaps you have heard the news? Piggly Wiggly has been bought out....
Eat Worms & Die
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When the gift isn't good enough
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Atchison Blue: Book Giveaway
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The Death of Miriam Carey: An Unnecessary Cruelty
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