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When Big, Bad Things Happen

On Memorial Day weekend 2008 Annie, Ben, Jack (aged 3), and Lila (aged 3 1/2 months) left Brooklyn for a weekend trip to North Carolina, Ben’s hometown. They never came back. What happened isn’t quite as ominous as it sounds, … Continue reading

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Finding Peace after the Boston Marathon Bombing

I did not know anyone who was injured or killed in the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. I don’t think I even knew anyone who knew anyone injured or killed. Yet, because I live and work in Boston, the … Continue reading

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Healing from Abuse

It is hard for me to blatantly admit this, but I am a victim of multiple kinds of abuse from multiple people. I don’t share this lightly or even for attention. I share this because I know how hard abuse … Continue reading

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Dear Boston, I Love You

Flies and old mattresses in Brighton—

Inauspicious beginnings.

You break and fix me.

Beautiful snow you come to hate

Until you learn the miracle of spring.

I came to terms with grief and depression.

No one can change my price. Continue reading

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Do Mormons Go to Twelve Step Programs?

Well, yes.  Hi, I am a compulsive overeater… and I’m also a Mormon! I know, I know, overeating is pretty lame.  It doesn’t make someone look glamorous, has no associations with hard partying or Las Vegas, and you can’t even … Continue reading

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Valentine Makeover

Whether in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day can make you feel forgotten, disappointed, filled with unreasonable expectations, or you might just find the whole thing ridiculous. As a way to help come to terms with these feelings, I propose … Continue reading

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How to Be Real with God

Editor’s Note: This post was written in response to a comment by Tim on the post The Book of Mormon Musical–A Mormon’s Review.  The text of the comment is reprinted below: I was raised in the church and have done … Continue reading

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Learning to Be More Honest in Prayer

I overheard my 6 year old niece Tessa recently give the most beautiful prayer. She said, “Heavenly Father, please help me to stop sucking my thumb, to learn how to read better this summer, and to stop throwing fits.” I … Continue reading

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Propaganda and Truth

As an LDS missionary in eastern Ukraine, my attempts to distribute pamphlets about our church were often met with the dismissive rejoinder, “Eto propaganda.”  That’s propaganda. We’re all resistant to the idea of being manipulated by potentially-false information. We’re wary … Continue reading

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Does God Exist?

When I look at the decisions I’ve made in my life, I can roughly classify them into three categories: No second-guessing decisions. These decisions I make and am confident I made the right choice. No-worries-but-lack-full-confidence decisions. These decisions I make … Continue reading

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