Tag Archives: Humility

How We Speak

Facebook can be a remarkable place of learning. Posts are instructive to analyze. It is instructive to see how often worthy arguments regarding an important subject only preach to other people who already feel the same way that the writer … Continue reading

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Litmus Tests and Lectures

In life, we are often called upon to make judgments. Sometimes officially — in our job, on a jury, whether the new employee is trustworthy to have keys to the building. But litmus tests abound in social life as well. … Continue reading

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Character — Be One and Have One

Some of my family and quite a few of my friends are real characters. They are unique – one of a kind, human gems. Some make you laugh or roll your eyes; a few tell very highly embroidered tall tales. … Continue reading

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Names and Life are Weird. So is the Author.

Like many of us, I answer to a variety of names depending on who is calling: My eldest brother has called me Hornet since I was a young girl and sported a sweatshirt with my elementary school mascot. My Mom … Continue reading

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Encouragement

Whether from a cataclysmic event, war, or a bad choice; an unexpected disease or stupid car accident — all of us have suffered loss and had to pick ourselves up.  Some who had more dangerous missions had to be picked … Continue reading

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Wounds and Sin

Our bodies carry our wounds. Some of them are painful reminders of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or of taking our eyes off the road. Some are sacred wounds that remind us of a blessing that … Continue reading

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When You Can’t Fix It, It Won’t Go Away, and Some Days it is Crushingly Painful

  Despite what other people’s lives look like on the surface, I would say that probably all of us, at some time or another have been overwhelmed by fear, loneliness, pain, sorrow, or loss that is so overwhelming we don’t … Continue reading

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An Insider’s View of Depression, Anxiety, Thoughts of Suicide, and Traveling the Road

Dear Friends and Readers of When the River Won’t Flow, Twice before I have posted something written by others. Today I want to share a very special piece written by a dear friend of mine, who has remained my friend … Continue reading

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Life in a Parenthesis

We have all kinds of projects to pursue, engagingly articulated and brilliantly planned between us, which all seem relegated to some distance day that, at my worst, I fear will never come. Although we keep working the plan, the ball … Continue reading

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Are You out of Debt Yet?

The question has been raised, and the answer is, in truth, quite simple. No! Not even close! I lost my full-time job on January 5, 2009. The intervening seven years have been very good years in many ways. They have … Continue reading

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