The WIC office on my 29th birthday

I sat in the parking lot of Aldi reciting my name, contact information, and household income to the woman on the phone. Two impatient, squirmy…

Dan Kasztelan
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The Faithful Stars

Blue sky. Moonlight. The same. Dust in the eyes. Only in the dark silence of prayer Abraham’s stars.   ~Franchot Ballinger…

Dan Kasztelan
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Unlovable

When Kevin’s mother called me to tell me he had run away from home, she was crying. Anger, fear, and exhaustion poured out of…

Dan Kasztelan
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Hidden

“Wow, when did that happen?” We were driving to my mother’s home in Nashville for our Christmas celebration, and my daughter reacted to a…

Julie Rudd
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Coffee with Jesus

As a barista, mornings now bid me rise at 4 a.m. to fill enough carafes with liquid motivation for the 6 a.m. rush…

Julie Rudd
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The neighborhood

Not being much of a television watcher, I confess I’ve never actually seen the show Survivor. I understand many people really enjoy it. I…

Dan Kasztelan
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Non-Better

I’m one of those annoying people who loves to point out grammar and spelling errors in public signage. Perhaps you are, too—missing apostrophes…

Julie Rudd
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People Like Us

There was a time in not-so-ancient history when a daily newspaper was delivered—in print—to homes like yours and mine. No, really…

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All Were Satisfied

Today, I shared communion with eleven other Quakers. Actually, the meal was mandazi and Chai tea, but the real Presence of Christ was experienced and…

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A Third Way

On Friday night I went to dinner with two classmates from Earlham. Between quick intakes of breath taken to counter our fatally authentic Indian dishes…

Julie Rudd
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When A Storm Comes

Listen courageously and stay in the boat Matthew 14:22–35 The wind is frothing the waters and whistling in their sails, and the sailors…

Julie Rudd
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Forty Years Ago

I often tell people that marriage is a lot like living in a war zone. I lived in the middle of a war zone once…

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