Can you hear it? Burring and whirring hums drone a scratchy constant as our backyard neighbor mows. The sound and fragrance are comforting and peaceful, one of summer’s iconic pleasures. Tracing the contours of his yard, my neighbor’s lawnmower rumbles and roars, releasing the sweet green scent of sliced grass. My sprinkler arcs languidly across…

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They said it over half-price appetizers, and the taste of it went all salty in my mouth. They spoke of feeling less than, less equal, less valuable, and pushed aside as women in the church. Photo Credit: Flickr User, trawets1, Creative Commons, cc license We reached across each other to taste a half-price miniature pizza,…

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Over a crunchy Asian salad of Napa cabbage, green lettuces, red peppers, and sugar snap peas drizzled in a fresh cilantro dressing, she handed me the card. Grinning and arching an eyebrow at me, she waited, her wavy brown hair tucked behind an ear. (Scanned card. Design courtesy of cards by Sunrisegreetings.com) Inside the envelope,…

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