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Am I Getting Old, or Just Becoming a Nerd?

April 9, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

Man, I disliked history when I was young.  Booorrring.  Can I get a big, fat yawn?  Why is history so dull, so lifeless, so sleep-inducing when we are kids?  And why does our repulsion for it switch later in life?  Trust me, I know  there are some people that will never find a way to […]

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Is It Too Extreme?

March 28, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

I’ve really struggled with this blog.  Not because I feel wishy-washy about the topic, but because, to me, it’s so important that I’m not sure I can give it due justice.  I’ve recently heard a lot talk regarding this issue and it’s left me…well, disheartened.  Fear crept in over the negative attention I know it will […]

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Categories: Culture, Family, Relationships, Religious

Gluten-Free Breakfasts: Life After Boxed Cereals

March 19, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

Once you go gluten-free, the world of cereal is basically off limits.  Unless you wanna pay $6.00 for a box with about one bowl worth of gluten-free cereal in it.  A lot of people ask me what I do for breakfast now that I don’t have a quick bowl of cereal to rely on.  In […]

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Shield of Male Defenders

March 14, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

When I was 16, I worked at the mall.  One particular evening, I headed from the entrance of our store to the food court for my dinner break.  As I walked out, a middle-aged man approached me.  He had been standing off to the side, obviously waiting for me.  Closing in on my personal space, […]

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Give Yourself Away

March 3, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas
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  Lent.  Eh? Unless you are Catholic or Orthodox, chances are, the arrival of Lent on Wednesday hasn’t even hit your radar.  I know that some Protestants do recognize it (as the church of my youth did), but for the most part Lent is regarded by many as primarily a Catholic tradition. Hold on.  Come […]

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My New Career Choice: Lighthouse

February 21, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas
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So, I know what I wanna be when I grow up.  I wanna be a lighthouse.  It’s taken me a long time to come to this conclusion.  First, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but me and needles don’t really see eye-to-eye.  Then, I wanted to be an FBI agent, but marrying a military man […]

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Bucket Lists Full of Empty Balloons

February 11, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

Do you have a bucket list?  When I first saw “The Bucket List,” the movie that made this phrase popular, I thought it was exciting to create a list of future desired experiences.  Apparently, so did the rest of the U.S.  Unfortunately, like all good things, I fear we have taken it and turned it […]

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Categories: Culture

Searching for Chocolate Pie

January 29, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

“We need to try the chocolate pie, just to make sure if it’s good or not,” my grandmother would always say to me with a sly smile.  I was only too happy to comply.  My paternal grandmother has a knack for seeking out and finding hidden gems.  When I was a young girl, there was […]

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My Eight Children I’ve Never Met

January 16, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

Eight miscarriages.  Sometimes that number overwhelms me.  I have laid awake many a night dreaming of who they would be.  I named every single one of them.  I have daydreams about who they would become, what their voices would sound like when they called me, “Mom,” and what special traits they would add to our […]

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Why I Went Gluten Free

January 8, 2014 - Author: Amy Thomas

I write this as a ex-lover of warm fresh baked bread, Italian food, and many other wheat-filled products.  It’s not that I don’t love these things anymore, it’s that I don’t love what they do to my body.  So, out of necessity I gave them up.  I’ll give you my story, maybe you can relate. […]

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