Because I Knew You – Guest Post by Matthew R Merrick

Today I have the great pleasure to introduce Matthew R Merrick. I met Matthew on Twitter through a mutual friend and was quickly delighted by his humor and energy. We struck up conversations ranging from the ugliness of grammar Nazis to the best father/daughter dates. His two little girls are very lucky to have a good dad. Matthew is a writer full of life and passion…

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Treasure Box

I’ve been making these trips to Mexico for 13 years now, and I've never had stories that made me cry like this one. Jahir (Yah-EER) was the second eldest child of the family who received a house from my team.  He was a perfect model of gentle courtesy.  He shook hands to greet me and looked me in the eye whenever we spoke. When our American…

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Because I Knew You: Inaugural Post by Elise Stephens

This post launches my brand spankin' new guest blog series Because I Knew You in which I invite people from all walks of life to tell us about someone who has changed them permanently, how they've been changed, and what they would tell this person now.  I begin this project with a post on a very special person who changed my own life. Following this post, each Thursday you will…

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A Definition…and a Contest!

IT'S A CONTEST! In celebration of Valentine's Day, I am hosting a contest, starting today, from February 9 - February 14.  Five lucky winners will receive a FREE autographed copy of Moonlight and Oranges! THE RULES: There are three ways to enter to win a copy of Moonlight and Oranges - don't forget, you're welcome to enter all three! 1. Share the Love on Twitter:  In honor…

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Tough Love

I was seven and a half when my little sister came into the world.  She had beautiful big eyes, which we both get from our dad and she was mostly definitely a feisty one.  I remember teaching her how to snuggle, because her reaction to hugs was to push me away as hard as she could. Before she learned to talk, we all thought she was practicing…

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Remembered Passion

It's harder to answer this question than it seems: What did I used to love doing?  It's funny how things we love, things that brought us life or joy or a feeling of passionate purpose become things that we use the past tense to talk about.  Did. Used to. Remember when we... Sometimes it's hard to remember because we've created a new default way of having fun. …

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A Year of Love and Courage

  A friend of mine made a recent facebook post that said: This might just be me, but the longer I live, the more it seems that insecurity stemming from a lack of real love is responsible for most of the world's problems. Wow.  We all know if we watch the news that there is a constant state of flux for global problems all around us.  When…

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Unhappily Ever After

I'm rooting for the hero. I'm hoping to learn some deep truth, even at the cost of emotional pain for the hero and also for myself, because I tend to read with empathy.  I reach the final page and I realize the story has ended without any resolution of the sorrow.  The ending has no consolation to offer me.  I've just finished reading The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, a…

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