The Parade

I see it coming—the end of the road. Parenting starts off where it’s you and your spouse, perhaps a few friends and maybe your parents huddled together, adoring this new little person that has the audacity to take what it wants when it wants and you’re all just marching to the beat of your own […]

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Potential and Growth

Y’all, it’s finally spring here in Montana. Woot! Like many of you around the country, it was a long, long winter and we are soaking in the sun and warmer temps. I realized this past week as I bought seeds and plants that I walk right on by the bigger and showier plants and gravitate towards […]

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Breaking

Hello, TPILers. My apologies for forgetting that our growing community is made up of people who aren’t my neighbors and close friends who typically know what is going on in my life. I will do better to remember this in the future. A week ago, my mother passed away and because of this it has […]

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Life Underlined

  My second grader came home with a writing assignment this year with certain words underlined.  They weren’t underlined by the teacher or inked in a different color so I wasn’t sure of the purpose of the mark. When I queried him regarding the meaning he replied that they underline words as they write because […]

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Civility 101

Political Civility 101 Hear me out: let’s talk about how we talk about politics. Half of you just mentally u-turned and the other half either got out pom-poms or scythes. We have a problem agreeing to disagree in this country. I’ve seen plenty of statistics regarding the unprecedented divisions and cultural dissonance but like most […]

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Hope in a new year

Hello, TPILers! Welcome to a whole new batch of new subscribers! It’s wonderful to have you here. I hope you enjoy this place for encouragement, humor and common ground. This week we had our first Facebook Live video after this essay below just wasn’t gelling. I wondered if it just needed to be spoken. Feel […]

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Peace on Earth

When we are young, we sometimes think peace is just a word sewn onto the cover of a needlepoint pillow, but as we gain life experience we begin to grasp that peace can be elusive and hard to conjure, especially in tumultuous or trying times. Jesus himself promised, “These things I have spoken unto you, […]

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Holiday Cool Points

Middle school years were awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. If anyone regales you with tales of fun times and worthwhile memories during those excruciatingly acne-prone years, then they’re lying. Or they were raised on a remote island and their only friends were covered in fur, which would make acne a moot point. Fads come and go […]

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Trail Mix

In my younger days when I had only one child on my hip, I was an expert on parenting. There were only good and bad parents and I was, of course, in the first group. Always. Now I have four under the age of 16 which inducts me into the “hanging on by a thread” […]

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Inclement Weather, Inclement Life

Currently in Montana, our roads are snowy and slick. Being a native Southerner, it has taken me almost a decade to fight the initial instinct to panic and gather bread and milk at the mere threat of snow. When I taught school in North Carolina, nary a flake of snow needed to hit the ground […]

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