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Faith & Spirituality

Things People Say: Small Group Edition

1. “Let’s do life together!” “Do” life? What does that mean? Psst, I think “live” is the verb you’re looking for there. But we’ll forgive you this time. After all, do life may rank pretty high on the Christian-Cheesy Scale, but at least it doesn’t have the squicky sexual undertones of love on (as in, “God, would You just help us love on all these youth group kids tonight”). Doing life in the context of church small  ...

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On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Introvert Edition

Despite all that’s been written on the subject, introverts remain a pretty misunderstood bunch. Alas, the world is made for extroverts. What follows are some of the questions and comments we quieter folks are often on the receiving end of, and what we’re most likely thinking, but too polite (or too indifferent to bother) to say out loud: 1. “Why are you so quiet?” Am I really all that quiet? or are you just a chatterbox? Maybe I should ask you why you’re  ...

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On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Social Niceties Edition

1. “You’ve lost weight!” This is basically informing me that you thought I looked fat before. And it’s super awkward if I haven’t actually lost weight, or am not currently trying to lose weight. (This one is fair game among friends if we have discussed the topic of weight/fat/dieting etc. before. “You’ve lost weight” is mostly a problem when coming from random acquaintances who may or may not remember my name, but who for some reason have  ...

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On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Tiresome Cliche Edition

Platitudes are irritating as a general rule, but some are just so bad, they deserve their own feature. Here’s a sampling of the best. I mean, the worst. 1. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence/You always want whatever you can’t have.” Sorry, but no. This is not only overly simplistic; it’s inaccurate. If I want something, I desire it based on its perceived benefit to me, not on its relative scarcity. I can think of many,  ...

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