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Thank you, Mrs. Barnhart

(note: this post first appeared on AndiLit.com) I love books. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. Writers have been my greatest inspiration. I’ve wanted to be a writer for most of my 64 years. I remember the precise moment it all began for me; when I knew I would be...

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Talking Immigration Policy with My Granddaughter

Driving across town to take my 9-year old granddaughter to her piano lesson, we listened to a story on NPR about children being taken from their parents by American officials at the Mexican/U.S. border. Two young boys were taken from their mother in March and are...

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The Dodgers: A Metaphor for Life

The Los Angeles Dodgers are having an epic seasonThey won games at such a torrid pace it was possible they would amass the all-time record for most wins in a season. Sports Illustrated put them on the cover on August 22 asking whether this year's team...

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Grace in the Face of Terror

On Friday afternoon, May 26, 2017, on a MAX commuter train in Northeast Portland, Oregon, a man began verbally abusing two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, with racist, anti-Muslim insults. When other passengers intervened, the man pulled a knife and attacked....

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Collateral Beauty

This film took my breath away. Literally. I found myself short of breath toward the end. I highly recommend Collateral Beauty. Yep, it got a score of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was savaged by critics. It died at the box office. I don't watch movies that receive such a...

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