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For the first decade of our marriage, we had many, many conflicts in the car as we were driving somewhere. I had a knack for slamming on the fake breaks and dramatically grabbing the dashboard. But apparently what was most annoying was my running commentary (I viewed them as helpful insights) on how we might […]
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A weird thing happened around the age of 45, I suddenly felt old.  Mostly I found it surfacing when it came to my teenage daughters.  While I was thoroughly captivated watching my oldest daughter, a visionary like myself, bounding with ideas and enthusiasm, but I also felt strangely sad.  It took real effort not to […]
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As the flood of graduation photos roll out on social media, I can’t help but think some of my friends deserve their own graduation party– just for getting that kid to walk across the stage.   Some of you weren’t sure there would even be a graduation to celebrate (you know who you are!).  But […]
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And just like that, my oldest has finished her first year at university back in the United States.   Like most people when they’ve made a huge cultural transition, she’s feeling a bit emotionally fragile and is relieved to have the summer to regroup and process all that happened. While my daughter may be grateful to […]
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This month we led a team retreat with a dynamic team living in Beirut whose work is primarily with the Syrian refugees.  All five couples are raising young families in the concrete jungle of high-rises, ever-present construction, and the chaos of Lebanese traffic.  Half of the newer members of the team is at that critical 2-4 […]
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I remember when I first realized I might be in some sort of crisis.  I had left our toddler twins and their four year old sister at home to go for a girls night out at the movie, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  The movie depicts the main character, played by Ashley Judd, […]
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