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Grief and Loss

Lessons on Grief: Why Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech matters


Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook and author of Lean In gave the commencement speech at the University of California at Berkley last week, chronicling the lessons she’s learned since her husband, Dave, died a year ago. As someone who’s only followed Sandberg since her Facebook post on grief last year, her words resonated with me. Her lessons […] Read more…

How to find the beauty in our brokenness


I find the broken planter when the snowdrifts melt on my back porch, leaving behind puddles and mud. Large cracks reveal an orange eyesore on the side. I turn it over to see if the other side looks any better, but it is cracked through on both sides. Studying it to see whether I can […] Read more…

Why we need to laugh more


“Mom, I didn’t know you could be so silly,” my daughter said awhile back. We were in the midst of a painful season, but I knew what I needed most: more laughter. It was the year I chose “joy” as my theme word that I looked for laughter in the small spaces of my life. We laughed through […] Read more…