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Son reminds me how we can live as Easter people

Easter blessings! This is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the outfits and the candy. Easter is one of my favorite stories. Like all good stories, it is filled with beauty and mystery. There is pain, sacrifice, death. Our hero is triumphant. But above all, to me, Easter is a perfect love story. One of my favorite Easter memories involves my son Parker. He was about 3 when he heard the crucifixion story at his pre-school....

A case of mistaken identity reminds me to shine

          by Melanie Nicholas I was working late a few nights ago when I received a strange Facebook message. The message read, “What the hell just happened? I can’t believe it.” I puzzled over this for a few minutes. The message came on my public Facebook page, the one that I use for work. The sender was a person I did not know. Which in and of itself is not unusual since that page is you...

Grief makes it hard to find joy during Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be perfect, joyous, celebratory. But I haven’t been feeling it the last few weeks. My tree is done and all my presents are wrapped. I have a few last-minute things to take care of but overall, I should be feeling relaxed and ready for some magic. But instead, I am in a funk. Everything feels juxtaposed. On the outside, things look festive, but I feel sad on the inside. I miss my brother and his sweet...