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Attack of the Birthday Monster

Attack of the Birthday Monster

You may have thought you were safe. You may have been minding your own business and humming through life blissfully unaware that a fowl creature was hiding in the bushes. And then with a humongous roar, the Birthday Monster jumped out and whomped you in the face. Maybe you were so content in your perfectly calibrated life that you didn't feel his paws smacking you about the face. And then one day you crawled out of bed and looked in the mirror and saw a haggard old biddy staring back at you. Continue reading

The Question Everyone Never Asks

The Question Everyone Never Asks

On a recent morning I rode my bicycle down a windy two lane road. I was struck by the beauty of the sky which shone with particular splendor. The deep blue hues contrasted with fluffy white clouds, creating this opulent--almost transcendent--canopy. It is one of the reasons I love riding my bike in the morning. Looking at the landscape fills me with awe and peace. There is a distinct temptation to worship the sky in all its transcendent glory, and were it not for the knowledge of the one who Continue reading

When Tempted to Despair

When Tempted to Despair

Today I laid alone in bed and stared at the ceiling. I stared at the crisp white paint and the uneven lines in the corners where color met it. I remember the hours spent painting a year and a half ago, and how exhausted I was--how eager I was to be done--mistakes or not. My shoulders ached and my back--well--it grumbled. But today is a different story...today--it screams. And that is why I laid there on this beautiful Autumn day, oscillating between an ice pack and a hot rice sock, because every Continue reading