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    20 A Mormon in the Cheap Seats: Half a Church

    I have brought my daughter, dressed up and nervous with anticipation, gift in hand, to a birthday party where the boys will decide what games to play and what the...
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    Dog Heaven

    . You know how we all imagine that ‘dog heaven’ will be a place where dogs get to do what dogs like, like ride in cars with their heads hanging...
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    Roller Coaster

    A year ago, I was living in a daze. I was spending most nights curled up against my 11 year old daughter’s back as she lay on her...
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    Santa and I

    The year I turned four or five, we drove to my grandparents in central Wisconsin for Christmas.  Actually, we did this for most years of my early childhood- until I...
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    The Feast of St. Francis

    This year, our family observed General Conference by attending the local Episcopal church.
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    Family Ties

    Where is the line between serving your family and loosing yourself in it?
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    Assertiveness Training

    I knew that even small acts of assertiveness would be important. Maybe it didn’t change the world but for that individual woman, it was world-changing.
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    The Genetics of Love

    Guest Post from Whoa-man as part of the The Exponent and Doves and Serpents swap. Hi, I am Whoa-man from Exponent. My husband and I are both PhD students trying...
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    Finding Peace

    Forgiveness.  As babies and young children, we can’t help but forgive those that wrong us.  We have no choice…. we are too dependent.  But somehow along the path to adulthood...
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    Crash Test

    The thought of any inexperienced driver in charge of a 4,000 pound machine makes me very nervous, but anticipating my own flesh-and-blood inexperienced driver sends me almost into a panic.
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    Window to Utopia

    What would heaven be like, for a teenager?
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    The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life begins with a quotation from The Book of Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth . . . What supports its...
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    The Nursery Window

    “Long ago,” he said, “I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me, so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and...
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    We Are Pioneers

    As I was telling my Kindergartner earlier this month that we’re all pioneers in some way. Whenever we stand up for what we believe in or do something because we...
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    The Gluttonous Baby

    For as long as humans have made objects, there have been baby dolls.  It’s an almost universal phenomenon that young children  play with dolls.  Especially if they have younger siblings...

    Operation Stop Arm

    My neighbor Sheri and I watched motorists pass our children’s school bus for years. We took video, called the police, reported tag numbers, complained to the public school department of...
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    Healing Waters

    “You’ll only be baptized once in your life, so it is a very special experience,” my grandmother said, speaking at my eight year old daughter’s baptism last week. After her...
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    Independence Day

    Becoming a citizen was a long, expensive process for my husband. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for those people from Burkina Faso, Serbia, Jamaica, Colombia, Cambodia that...
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    Patriarchs I Have Known and Loved

    My father grew up in a troubled home, poor as coal dust. A child of the depression and of divorce, he lined his broken-soled shoes with newsprint. As a child,...
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    I Love the Smell of K-Y Warming Jelly® in the Morning, or, Marital Apocalypse Delayed

    Although best known for “The Seventh Seal” and other serious “art house” films, I suggest Ingmar Bergman’s best work is his delightful “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Whether you watch...
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    The Illusion of Equality

    Today, a guest post from Helen. I read a review of Rebecca Asher’s book the week it came out in print, and decided to order it straight away. One of...
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    Fff… family

    I just read this today and loved it: A great reminder that not all families look alike (which clearly we should not need reminding) and that for some people,...
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    Find Your Tribe

    Over a decade ago I read this article in Mothering Magazine about a woman who is far from family and friends and meets up with another woman to share household...
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    Kids and Calamities

    I watched the Twin Towers fall on TV, my oldest child safely ensconced in her kindergarten class.  My toddler was playing with blocks nearby…. building towers and knocking them down. ...
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    Parallel Journeys

    By Claudia On my personal blog, I am known as “The Faithful Dissident.” For the past three years, I’ve been hiding behind that alias. Afraid of what, I’m not exactly...
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    “Do you want to end up living under a bridge?”

    This is, reportedly, what my daughter’s second grade teacher asked her class during a fit of frustration over their less-than-enthusiastic preparation for the looming standardized testing.  Several other parents and...
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    Talents: Addition and Multiplication

    This is a guest post from a favorite reader and commenter, Corktree. It may sound simplistic (or just serving of my purpose), but I’ve always read the parable of the...
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    Celebrating the Man As Well As His Cause

    A guest post from a reader, Debra. Names matter. They do. My life experience has taught me this. Names are important as they are references – signs — that direct...
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    American Beauty

    Recently ‘Rogue Cinema’ took a foray into the dark world of David Lynch’s films, to explore his disturbing presentations of the decay of the body and inherited contortions of the...
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    As an antidote to all the love around here lately, I thought I’d offer up a little bit of good old-fashioned hate. I grew up in a very low key...
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    Adam-God Theory

    What we believe truly matters. Most of what we believe has its roots in what we were taught as children by people who we once rightfully worshipped as demi-gods; [...]...
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    I’m in the process of choosing to leave. I’m almost there. There’s only a consideration of the cost.
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    You can’t have two fun parents. That’s a carnival.

    I love the show Modern Family. When it first started, I got some chain emails about how negative the show was and how we (Mormons?, “God-fearing people”?) should email ABC...
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    The Spirit of the Beehive

    Who could ever draw the lines that would separate the material world and the worlds of the imagination? For children, these worlds flow into each other very easily: a merging...
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    What are we aiming for?

    Have you ever written a family mission statement? I’m not big on self-help books (with the exception of the mountain of parenting books I read when my kids were babies/toddlers/pre-schoolers)....
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    Ringing in the New Year

    I’m kind of a New Year’s Eve Scrooge. I’ve never cared much for ringing in the new year with anything other than what I usually do. I don’t like to...
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    I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon

    Or under the sea. Or the jungle… at least, not permanently.
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    A Christmas Tale

    Some films leave you with a feeling that you have experienced something solid and illuminating that will stay with you. A Christmas Tale (released in 2008), with its...
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    Home for the Holidays

    “Nobody means what they say on Thanksgiving, Mom. That’s what the holiday is all about. Torture.” — Claudia I know I’m not supposed to talk about movies on Knit Together....
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    Urban Camping Part II

    My husband had just offered me the deal of the century: one month, completely kid-free, so that I could focus all my attention and energy on writing my dissertation...
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    We were on our way to church as a family, and I thought it would be a good opportunity for everyone to share in the ‘lunch experience.” ...
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    Urban Camping Part I

    My husband and I have tried lots of different divisions of parental responsibilities over almost 14 years.  When we started out, he was a student and I was a teacher,...
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    Around the Dinner Table: What’s a family?

    While digging through the pile of papers in my seven-year-old’s backpack, I came across a copy of a page from the district reading curriculum that includes the weekly spelling words...