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Calling Out Racial Bias (Kindly)

Choose wisely. Sometimes we have days, even weeks, to anticipate the choices we will make in a difficult conversation.  Other times the opportunity is suddenly before us and we tiptoe trepidatiously into unknown waters.  The latter was the setting for Kellie and I as we spoke innocuously about immigration, heart-centered communication, and other matters.

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VIDEO: A Reading From The Christmas Song

On Christmas Eve, during the worship services at The Ascent Church, I read a piece from The Christmas Song, a musical I wrote for Brentwood-Benson in 2010.  I’ve posted the video below (thanks for my 8-year old son for being my videographer and my husband for playing such a perfectly beautiful music bed on the piano).

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Pink Party Power: Poured Into to Pour Out

As we bring another Breast Cancer Awareness month to a close, I’m remembering… Cindy. Seven years ago, just a few days before my scheduled preventative bilateral mastectomy, a woman I hardly knew named Cindy Kreidel threw me a “Pink Party.” Complete with encouraging gifts, delicious snacks, heartfelt prayers, and an unforgettable, side-splitting skit involving pairs

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11 Upside-Down New Year’s Resolutions

I love New Year’s Resolutions. Writing down my wide-eyed dreams for the next 365 days gives me great hope. But then, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Because around the middle of April I realize just how pie-in-the-sky they really were. Take my recurring annual goal, “Get Organized.” I’ve learned it’s about as easy to accomplish as shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard. At some

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Dinner in the Liberal Lion’s Den

“HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE,” their buttons blared from their jacket lapels as they stood at Kellie’s back door. I recoiled. Clearly, the liberal couple wore the buttons to make a statement against me, the conservative guest who voted for Trump, right? I resisted my gut instincts that told me to bolt and opened the

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Kellie’s Visit to Nashville Brings New Perspective

Her eyes are piercing blue, an azure mix of intensity and compassion. I watch as she engages with my tribe- a tribe that holds a worldview so unlike her own, asks, listens, wonders, seeks, probes, gives. Kellie had arrived the day before, smiling and hopeful, flying in from her blue-state Seattle to my red-state Nashville.

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