Aug 14, 2012

Community Post: The Beach That Was Not

I was supposed to be at the beach today, feet buried in the cool sand and nose buried in the first of several good books. Wyatt and Seth riding the wild waves on their boogie boards and digging for hermit crabs. Miska breathing the air that has, for her entire...
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Aug 8, 2012

When Work Needs to Be Done

In 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, resulting in one of the western hemisphere’s greatest natural disasters of our lifetime. The nonprofit organization I work for responded immediately with humanitarian aid and supplies. People were dying, so we had to move quickly. Most of our staff members started pulling...Read more +
Aug 1, 2012

No Kinda Dancer

by Kendall Ruth
It was Robert Earl Keen who sang, on his debut album No Kind of Dancer , “I tried hard to tell you I was no kind of dancer,” and I have always felt I was no kind of one, either. Dance was always the one art form I looked at...Read more +
Jul 19, 2012

Days Like This

I couldn't find the top metal piece to one of our floor lamps this morning. "Where is it?" my wife asks. I shake my head, knowing I took it off when we moved it, but not knowing where I put it. We've been living in our home for nine months...Read more +
Jun 7, 2012

This Is the Life

The sun slides down the back side of the day, while I sink into my lawn chair at the campground. I inhale slowly, breathing in this sweet moment of contentment next to a crackling fire. The fire warms my shins, and I remember right then how my Dad and I...Read more +
May 16, 2012

Sharing the Days

It’s just nine in the morning, and I’m wishing to hear the garage door sliding shut, meaning Trenton is home, his bike parked. And I’ve never told him, because I’m too embarrassed of needing him this way. This desperate schoolgirl way that jumps when I hear him stepping towards the...Read more +
Mar 15, 2012


She's pregnant now, finishing her first trimester. Her taste for food is all out of whack, but she still loves pancakes. It's Sunday morning. We slept through both church services. Or rather, she did. On my lap. While I read a book on the couch for two hours. I've finished...Read more +
Mar 14, 2012

Turtle Walking

"Turtle has just one plan/at a time, and every cell/buys into it " (Kooser and Harrison). This morning, I grabbed Miska tight and wished her happy anniversary. We've been married 5,280 days. We've navigated rough waters. We've know love's rapture but also love's weight. We've had to fight for one...
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Feb 29, 2012

I Do: Truth

Editor's Note: Today we're wrapping up a month-long series exploring the joys and struggles of marriage, broaching the topic from multiple angles for the sake of helping, healing, and considering. * * * * * As my wife, Amber, and I have heard stories of dissolving marriage covenants, we’ve also...Read more +
Feb 23, 2012

I Do: Doing

Editor's Note: This month we're in a series exploring the joys and struggles of marriage, broaching the topic from multiple angles for the sake of helping, healing, and considering. A June afternoon, I bent over daisy heads nodding off in the heavy heat. There was that day my Dad had...Read more +