My Courage Mantra

December 12, 2017

When my thoughts are tangled and knotted by fear—What will he think of me? Why, why, WHY did I act that way? How will I face them again? What if what I tell her ruins her life?—the following things I tell myself. The telling, and the knowing, give me courage: No one cares about you. Not really. Sure, your family loves you, and you need …

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Take Your Courage in Your Hands

December 7, 2015

Some people fear spiders and death. As a Mennonite young person, my greatest fear was to play volleyball in a group of strange young people, especially if they were “cool.” Especially if they were good at volleyball. I wasn’t. I’d fumbled the ball, been rainbowed, or been otherwise humiliated more times than I cared to remember. You can read about one of my early experiences …

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What Writing Taught Me

April 17, 2015

Last week for the first time in my life, I stood in front of a group of people and communicated. It’s not that I haven’t tried some form of public speaking before. During a term of winter Bible school I gave a class presentation on the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, and the beauty and mystery of the story, which I had …

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