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True Love’s Kiss

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

There must be something special about a kiss. Painters paint them, sculptors sculpt them, and poets write about them. Whether it’s a sweet peck on the cheek, the kiss of young love, or the passionate embrace of romantic love, the kiss endures in our memories. Click the links below to learn how these writers feel about a kiss.

  1. Swing-shift Kisses
  2. The Love I Choose
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. Here’s to You, Merrie
  5. Mwa
  6. I Believe in a Good Kiss

Little House on the Prairie

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1933 book cover courtesy Wikipedia

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born this week 151 years ago. And yet, her Little House stories of life on the prairie are timeless in their appeal. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by the life and stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  1. Tell Me a Story
  2. The Love I Choose
  3. We All Need a Good Story
  4. Saviors

Standing Up to Bullies

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Photo courtesy mangee via flickr

Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied in America each year, and statistics show those who have been bullied suffer lower grades, self-esteem, and self-confidence. For the essayists below, being bullied—or even witnessing bullying—became a springboard for change in their lives.

  1. We Are Each Other’s Business
  2. Make This World a Better Place
  3. Beauty Is More Than Just Skin and Eyes
  4. Sticks and Stones
  5. Political Bullies: You Don’t Scare Me

Listening to Your Inner Voice

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Photo credit: crdotx via Flickr

There are numerous times in life that we aren’t quite sure what actions to take and which path is best for us. Jiminy Cricket would say the way to make life decisions is to let your conscience be your guide. Whether making life-changing decisions or frivolous choices, see what these essayists gained from listening to their inner voices.

  1. A Grace of Silence
  2. To Hear Your Inner Voice
  3. Trusting the Small Still Voice
  4. That Little, Inner Voice
  5. Listening to the Hippos

I Have a Dream

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Photo courtesy PBS NewsHour

Next Monday, we honor a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer the following essays by people who have been influenced and inspired by Dr. King’s work and words.

  1. Standing Up for What Is Right
  2. The Power of Words
  3. Dr. King’s Dream
  4. This Is Our Mountaintop
  5. Singing the Dream

Making a Change

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Photo courtesy of Patrick Breen via flickr

“Nothing endures but change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. It’s the beginning of a new year, a fresh start, and for some, a time to make resolutions. However great or small, deciding to make changes in our lives can be powerful, and for these essayists, making a change also brought about a new core belief.

  1. Right On Red
  2. The Sisterhood of Roller Derby
  3. Spare the Change
  4. It Starts with One
  5. Action Can Change Beliefs

Grace

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Photo courtesy of Betchaboy

Grace is a concept that means different things to different people. Yet, whether it’s divine or human, grace can sustain us through difficult times, or help us appreciate the simple gifts in life. Click the links below to read how grace inspired these essayists.

  1. The Healing Power of Grace
  2. Grace Is a Gift
  3. The Grace of Survival
  4. Giving Grace to the Simplest Detail
  5. A Grace of Silence

Home for the Holidays

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Photo by John Gevers

Home can be the house we grew up in, the town where we live, or where our hearts are. However you define home, it is a powerful force in our lives, especially during the holidays. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their homes around the holidays.

  1. Home for the Holidays
  2. Yankee Go Home
  3. Remembering the Past at Waffle House
  4. You Can Go Home Again
  5. I’ll Definitely Be Home for the Holidays

Lessons Learned From Cancer

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A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, yet the days and weeks that follow can bring a newfound clarity to one’s life. This week, we offer these essays that explore what women and families have discovered about their beliefs in the face of cancer.

  1. A Left Turn to the Right Track
  2. To Do Everything In My Power
  3. I Live With My Diagnosis
  4. The Test of My Womanhood
  5. Small Acts of Courage
  6. Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Sewing And Knitting

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Photo by Johntex via Wikipedia

It’s work that can be functional, creative or meditative.  It takes patience, care and attention to detail.   Whether it’s darning an old sock, or crafting a piece of fabric art, these essayists believe in their skills with knitting and sewing needles.

  1. We All Need Mending
  2. Hand-Knit Socks
  3. Cutting Our Grandmothers’ Saris
  4. Believing In The Work Of Human Hands
  5. My Personal Therapy