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Shame resilience is the ability to recognize shame, to move through it constructively while maintaining worthiness and authenticity, and to ultimately develop more courage, compassion, and connection as a result of our experience.

Brene Brown, The Gift of Imperfection

They say nothing becomes dynamic unless it become specific, so I’m going to share my resolutions with you, dear reader, in order to enlist your help in keeping me on track. (And by “on track,” I mean TELL ME WHEN […]

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I bought most of my Christmas gifts online, but I went shopping today, and it is OFFICIAL: I hate shopping crowds and bustle. If I’m going to be jammed into a crowd of sweaty folks, I’d rather be at a […]

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I have so many words this morning, very few of which are an honor to God. I am reluctant to share the mind melt because many of my words are angry and argumentative. Even my own thoughts contradict one another. […]

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In the summer of 1986, my parents and I drove to the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. Mom was going to visit the commissary. Dad was renewing his retirement ID. I had recently graduated high school and my goal […]

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Patriot Day is always strange to me. Even the name seems off. The word “patriot” is a strong, courageous word, so I get it. It’s just…this isn’t a holiday. It’s isn’t an observance of a blessed event. It almost feels […]

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I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

F. Scott Fitzgerald