Choosing Thanksgiving

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For most of the world, it was an entirely ordinary day. A Sunday. Nothing spectacular, nothing grand. For the Cushatt family, however, yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. Of course, yesterday wasn’t Thanksgiving Day. Technically. But we pretended it was. I woke up before dawn, children and husband still lost to dreamland. After dressing myself, I headed […]

Red Sea Moments

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It was this time last year—somewhere between November and New Year’s—I sat down to dream about 2014. As a speaker, I try to develop new keynote presentations every year. And I spend the final weeks of one year brainstorming ideas for the next. But I was stumped. Should I talk about Family? Leadership? Complicated relationships? Faux-leather handbags? Then I read Exodus 13-14. […]

The Colors of Connection {+ Book Giveaway!}

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For heaven sakes, this place could use some paint. The hospital hallway stretched out ahead, long and sterile. Whoever thought gray and white appropriate colors for the sick and suffering clearly hadn’t thought the thing through. If I’d felt optimistic when I arrived, the oppressive aura sucked the good vibes right out of me. As if […]

One Dangerous Question

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Sometimes you can follow all the directions and still end up in the wrong place. I left in plenty of time. I knew my destination, had directions, allowed extra time to park and find my spot along the course. It was my son’s cross country race, one of the last of his highschool career. I couldn’t miss it. But […]

Marks of a Life Well-Lived

Our Final Family Photograph

Eight weeks ago, I wrote a post. If you missed it, you’ll want to read it. It explains things, the reason for my extended online hiatus. At the time, I thought I’d be back in a “couple weeks.” Really? Two weeks? I find it laughable now. How naive. On August 19, 2014, my mom, brother and I said […]