Spark and Steam

1280 849 Sarah Rennicke

Through the hiss of antique silver espresso machine reverberating around the high-windowed room of a downtown café, brick and mortar building, I shrug off the cold. Everything seems to sting…

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Tenting Walmart

1200 778 Joy and Matthew Steem

There are many modern conveniences to be found in Walmart camping: flush toilets, reliable Wi-Fi, easily accessible groceries, flat spots, and even outdoor lighting. Indeed, most have a grassy spot…

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A Slight Shift

1651 1238 Lesley-Anne Evans

I am grateful for the way God allows me time and space to come to my own inconclusive conclusions, mess through my own muck (self created and a product of…

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13 Ways of Looking Like an Introvert: Reprise

1565 1174 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Confession I have used my introversion as an excuse to evade the command to love my neighbors. I have used my introversion as an excuse to withdraw from important relationships…

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A Fortunate Poverty

1920 1285 Stephanie DiMaria

This is not the grace I was looking for, This nibbly bit of blessing, Dragging me through one more day, But just barely — Like the painful frustration Of brushing out every tangled…

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1920 1280 Stephanie DiMaria

I suppose New has something to say for itself In the way a country song plays Over the driving I do on back roads It’s a song I’m not singing…

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Driving Home

1920 1280 Stephanie DiMaria

I used to think this was God’s country Here, on the straight roads of Midwest America. Even now, I can’t deny the different flavor of freedom That is breathing air…

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Of Elephants And Cathedrals

1920 1434 Emily Joy

This past weekend, we got in the car and drove four hours to Asheville, North Carolina to stay in a hostel and go hiking in the mountains and find waterfalls…

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Wedding Music

2000 1333 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It’s the end of May, and the wedding season is well upon us. Whenever I attend a wedding, my attention veers to the music more than any other element. You…

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Being Humbled

1920 1281 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It has been 2½ weeks since you last played the piano. It has been 2½ weeks since you’ve begun doing as little as possible with your aching right arm. You’re…

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13 Ways of Looking Like an Introvert

1280 853 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

I. You’re an only child. You’ve loved to read ever since you can remember. You’ve daydreamed and pondered ever since you can remember. Your teachers in elementary and high school…

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Don’t Leave Me This Way

1280 857 Callie Feyen

One of my favorite parts about road trips is listening to music in the car. I don’t mean the mixes—I guess they’re called playlists these days—I’m talking about entering a…

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