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My Ecology of Faith

By Jennie LaFortune

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn One of the last tasks I did before leaving my classroom on March 12, 2020 was erase my whiteboard. It was not unusual and part of an automatic ritual, but I knew this time would be different. The weekly quotes, daily goals, and other …

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Rethinking Eden: A Holy Becoming

By Terresa Wellborn

It was one of the rainiest springs ever recorded. We wanted to plant a huge garden this year but the flowers have folded in on themselves. Gardens planted by Mother’s Day are mouldering. At last the earth is wringing out after months of wet. Now my front bush is half dead, my backyard weedscape dense. …

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Leaves of Gratitude in Teenage Land

By Terresa Wellborn

For years we lived encircled by palm trees. We owned one rake, seldom used. Fast forward to life in a four-season state. Maple, Oak, and Chinese Elms engulf us. In summer we adore their shade, in fall we endure their leaves, in winter they’re forgotten beneath the snow’s glory. This fall the leaves drop again, …

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Summer, I Love You: Deep Wishes Midlife

By Terresa Wellborn

Ah, summer, of homemade freshly-picked-strawberry ice cream churning on the back patio. Of long days with late dinners, later star gazing. Of tennis court roller skating, sweat running down the backs of our knees. My child-wish: that summer would last forever. “I can still remember one day very well. It was the day when my …

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For the Love of Dogs

By Terresa Wellborn

Bark much? Yes. For ten years I resisted getting a dog like my kids resist chores: vehemently. Then one day I caved. Our once gorgeous herringbone tiled floor became a minefield of dog hair. Everywhere. Nothing was safe… my fridge fruit drawer, my pillow, my favorite socks. Our dog, Waffle, is a black and white …

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