Building 5255

Building 5255

Building 5255 The building towered above me. Squares of glass stretched up and out to either side, broken only by the large symbols that gave it its name: 5255. An unfeeling name for a place that holds a trove of emotions.  I’d been here before. As I circled the...
Novels on the New Earth

Novels on the New Earth

Novels on the New Earth I love a good story. I love how it envelops me in the plot or carefully peels back each layer of a character. I love following the strings that tie up family members through generations as the author weaves the tale. I’ve grown to appreciate...
Baking Cookies While the World Burns

Baking Cookies While the World Burns

Baking Cookies While the World Burns It feels like the world is spinning out of control lately, doesn’t it? Each day, news websites detail the destruction of people and buildings in the country of Ukraine. I read about families torn apart, fleeing refugees, and...
Living in the Blackened Forest

Living in the Blackened Forest

Living in the Blackened Forest Our feet trudged up the dirt hill, winding through sticks and roots. To the sides of me rose dark, mighty trunks, reaching up toward the sky. Their limbs were shorn off, leaving the tall blackened corpses towering eerily in the forest....
Stop Starting Over

Stop Starting Over

Stop Starting Over What are you starting over this week? As the weekends inch closer to Monday, brand new promises begin to cycle through our heads. Our diet begins today. Our workout plan starts now. Since the slip-ups of our weekend are past, we can start again with...
The Church on the End of the Line

The Church on the End of the Line

The Church on the End of the Line Every other Monday evening, I hastily move through our kids’ bedtime routine, and grab for my phone as the minutes tick closer to the hour. More often than not I’m late—when bedtime questions, stories, or melt-downs take over....

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