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Looking Up

This morning, I hugged the healthy daughters I prayed I would have. I kissed the wife I prayed I would marry. I locked the house I prayed I could own. I got into the car I prayed I could afford. I drove to the job I prayed I would get. I had lunch in the city I prayed I would live. And I talked to a friend I prayed would stay in my life. Later on, I hurried to the softball field to work with the kids I prayed I could help. My parents—who I prayed would still be with me—showed up at the game. And I smiled as they cheered on their granddaughter who I prayed would hit the …

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Naked Truth

“There’s nothing wrong with it. I make three times the money I’ll make when I graduate.” ~ Maggie We live in a culture where people think they can make up their own truths. Today, how you feel is all that matters. And who are you to judge? Meet Maggie. She’s a 23 year old straight-A college student double majoring in Spanish and political science. She plans to graduate debt-free, and she recently told ABC News how she plans to do it: Studying by day and stripping by night. As the father of two teenage girls, this horrifies me, not because I have something against Maggie, but because the lines of right and wrong have not only been blurred, they’re being …

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A Mother’s Gift

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. ~ George Eliot In a small room, in a small town, on a cool overcast April day, five connected hearts beat together one last time. It was captured in a photograph too powerful to ignore—four sisters and their final moments with their ninety-one-year-old mother. My Aunt June hung on long enough for all of her daughters to reach her bedside—one final gift. While the world spun in its normal hectic pace outside those walls, time must have felt suspended as four sisters held on to each other, their differences inconsequential as one common purpose emerged: comforting the woman who so often comforted them. And then it …