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Strangers Among Us

I have never been more proud to be an Miami Countian than I was last Tuesday. A friend of mine from My Father’s House called and asked me to come along to Wal-mart to translate for her. She had received several calls about a Spanish speaking woman outside of Wal-mart holding a sign that said [...]

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By Beth Gulley Going to watch fireworks on the 4th of July, eating fried chicken with family, and swimming at the lake, these are all 4th of July week traditions people enjoy. My own family engaged in several of our favorite traditions this week, too. We rented a car, drove to St. Charles, Missouri, and [...]

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Last Place

by Beth Gulley   Volunteers had already started cleaning up when my son, Israel, finished swimming the 800 meter freestyle last Friday night. By most people’s standards last place is a terrible spot to end up, but Israel took four minutes off of his previous time. In fact, if there was a prize for the [...]

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Thank You

by Beth Gulley A few days after Mother’s Day, I got a card in the mail. It was a thank you note from my mom for the steak dinner we made her on Mother’s Day. It occurred to me that my mom and my friend Amanda are good at writing thank you notes to people, [...]

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Modesty Doesn’t Keep Us Safe

In the Muslim tradition the hijab, or head scarf, is supposed to show modesty and offer protection in public space. Modesty is a virtue in the Christian and Jewish traditions, too. In fact, in the last few weeks we have been surrounded by images of the Virgin Mary wearing a head covering. The Virgin Mary, [...]

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For Josh

This poem is in regards to the Occupy Cal Protest on Nov. 9, 2011, at U.C. Berkley during which many students and professors were beaten by police.   Ten years ago Josh Anderson bore witness to my deepest shame when he called out to me while I was quickly pushing my baby stroller away from [...]

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My Teacher

A long time ago, in a land far away, I went to high school. In fact, I changed schools four times during my high school career, and I also changed countries four times. And no, if you are like me and taking a second look at that word, I did not write counties, I wrote [...]

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The Help

I knew I would be traveling several times in the next few months, so I went to Target in search of a good book to read on the plane.  I wanted something I could relish, not something instructional like the scholarly articles I also planned to read on the plane.  Some books are like a [...]

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Airport Coffee

By Beth Gulley When I was ten I flew in an airplane for the first time. I had never been in an airport before that day. When I was eleven, I experienced another airport related first. My family took someone to the catch a plane early in the morning, and we got to eat breakfast [...]

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Stone Soup

My coffee story this week starts with Stone Soup. Do you remember the story of Stone Soup from your childhood?  A weary, hungry traveler fills a cooking pot with water and a large stone.  Then he places it over a fire in the town square.  Eventually everyone in town contributes to the “garnish” and flavors [...]

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