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Faith & Spirituality, On the Lighter Side

Traditions that Need to Go Out of Style: Church Clothing Legalism

Thankfully, condemnation of others’ choices in churchgoing attire is becoming less and less fashionable all the time. But we’ve still got a long way to go. One particular Sunday during my college days, I wore dress slacks — nice ones, I might add — to church. During the coffee hour, an older gentleman cast a disapproving eye up and down my personage before remarking with no small amount of disdain that in his day, respectable young ladies wouldn’t dare be seen  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

From the Girl Who Didn’t Go to Church

This post was originally published on July 31, 2018. I’m rerunning this one today in memory of the days before COVID-19, when actually going to church was an option! One morning last weekend, I was shopping at Bi-Lo for ice and Gatorade. I asked the man refilling the ice machine if I could step around him to retrieve a couple bags of ice. “Shore thang, sweetheart,” he replied. (This is one aspect of southern culture that still gives me pause on a regular basis: being  ...

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On the Lighter Side

10 More Things that Make No Sense

1. “Back to School” sales in late June/early July. Imagine you’re on a ten-day cruise in the Caribbean, and the boss starts calling and leaving you relentless voicemails on day three about all the work you’ll be expected to do when you come back. Would you be ticked? Yeah, probably. Well, that’s what it feels like to the poor kids these days who barely have a week to enjoy their summer before they get “Back to School” shoved in their faces by  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

For All Prodigal Sons and Daughters

I didn’t get to say what I really wanted to say to you, what I wished later that I had said. In my defense, it was early in the morning. I’m not eloquent early in the morning. Okay, so it was 8:00 a.m. Not “early.” But still, I’d just woken up, and my brain was fuzzy. I’d gotten into the habit of sleeping late — just one of many faux self-care habits I picked up during the Covid quarantine — so eight o’clock felt like the crack of dawn  ...

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