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Coventry Cathedral 1944   Broken glass— that once beckoned the pilgrim  to raise her eyes heavenward— now lays mixed among the rubble of beam and mote and prostrate Christ like broken prayers.   A chaplain—an agent of light— surveys the rubble kneels down picks up one red piece then one blue and tucks them into …

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Souls Unmasked

By Teresa Bruce

People are crying out here. And dying. Every day, precious new souls strap on tiny, frail bodies and scream at the unfairness of everything different — bright light, cold air, hunger, thirst, mess, texture, noise, pain… Meanwhile, every hour, other souls — too many just as young, some downright old, most in between — slip …

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End at Start, Light with Dark, Holiday or Ho Hum, Go and Come

By Teresa Bruce

The holiday season can be joyous, but it can also be jarring. Voices raise in harmonic “alleluias” or in discordant disagreements. Thoughtful, generous giving can elevate giver and receiver, but keeping-up with others’ expectations can break or badly bruise budgets. Family gatherings draw loved ones closer into togetherness … or conflict. Loneliness lengthens into life-altering …

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Broken Pattern — If Only You Knew: A Laugh or Cry Look

By Teresa Bruce

My phone fought me first. It froze me out, cut me off, and refused to respond. It couldn’t have curtailed communications any better if it had been thrown into a pond by Sun Tzu. Meanwhile, my washing machine wobbled its way into the rebellion. It acted out by spinning tales of trust instead of laundry. …

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Book Review: On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City by Laura Rutter Strickling

By Sherilyn Stevenson

Published by Greg Kofford Books, October 2018 In her new release, On Fire in Baltimore, Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City, Laura Rutter Strickling, a White member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, documents the conversion stories of fifteen Black women. Right away, I asked myself how I, as …

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A Living Sacrifice by Kathryn Lynard

By Kathyrn Lynard

I SHIFTED MY WEIGHT on the pew and sighed as the sacrament meeting speaker stood to begin his talk. Seven months pregnant, I was swollen and sore, big-bellied, and exhausted from the constant demands of my five young children who were crawling on and off my nearly nonexistent lap, whispering (or not) in my ear, …

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The Sisterhood I Never Wanted to Join

By Kimberly Sears

sayIn the files next to my writing desk there’s a folder labeled “Baby Sears 2014!” in neat, excited handwriting. Inside are ultrasound papers and the remnants of a treasure hunt I made my husband to tell him our good news. But of course there was no Baby Sears born in 2014. Because that was the …

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Book Review: How the Light Gets In

By Megan Wilcox Goates

Keira Shae references Cohen’s iconic lyrics in the title of her new memoir, How the Light Gets In, recently published through By Common Consent Press, which vividly details her unorthodox Utah upbringing. With a meth-addicted prostitute mother with bipolar disorder, little food and never enough money, and four younger siblings who depend on Keira to …

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Can I Handle the Seasons of My Life?

By Megan Wilcox Goates

This is the first May in fourteen years that I haven’t been sick with dread at the approach of summer. It seems backward, I know. Everyone loves summer—yearns for it, except for (NEWS FLASH) the special-needs parent. The autism moms, the rare syndrome moms, the developmental disabilities moms (and dads) are a different breed. We …

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Kicking this year in the teeth, one gratitude at a time

By Terresa Wellborn

Raise your hand if you’d like to kick this past year in the teeth. Sure, I’d like to know what Trump eats for breakfast, motives for the Las Vegas mass shooter, why so-and-so is getting a divorce, and other ugly truths hidden under digital sofa cushions online, but the more I step away, the more …

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