Rhonda’s Blog

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Dec 28, 2021

“What if” it’s the year of no shame?

What if this is the year where shame has no place at the table? No voice? The damnable thing about shame is that it seeks to silence. To make us

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Dec 27, 2021

For the one with dry bones, “What if?”

It was the year of the lemon. Of all of the official family trees, it was the worst. The slightest sneeze from another room, a stamp of the foot upon

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Dec 21, 2021

What Twila Knows

The door slams. The bottom 50% of the boys (i.e., numbers three and four) are leaving to run errands. Sounds of the season, they stream from the Bose, and the

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Dec 18, 2021

A note to difficult children of any age

I write this little post for the one who is known as a difficult child. You’ve been on my mind for days now, and a message has been forming for

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Dec 13, 2021

Why I bring my small stone

It was two years ago this past autumn. The country was in turmoil. The national conversation was riddled with vitriol. Emotions burned hot and red like a California fire. The

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Dec 09, 2021

The gift she has to give

It’s a cold December day. Over my head, gunmetal-gray clouds blanket the sky. Like unsmiling palace guards, they’re preventing the merest hint of the sun. For now, they are blocking

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Dec 02, 2021

The dangerous prayer you should pray

It’s late afternoon on this December day. I am walking and talking with my beloved Mr. Schrock. A chill breeze blows in my face. Chuff, chuff, chuff. Our shoes keep

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Dec 01, 2021

An unlikely path called Rejection

The house is quiet today. In my cherished winter spot on the couch, I shift, turning my body, coffee in hand, so that the tree is just before me. Nearby,

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Nov 30, 2021

Why the flag is important to me (it’s about the love)

I will never apologize for my love of the American flag. The reason you see it in photos is because it’s important to me. The reason it’s important to me?

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Nov 22, 2021

“I’m special”

It’s a sunny November morning. I’m heading to the supermarket to snag a turkey for canning experiment number seven. I wind my way through the aisles, picking up carrots, onions,

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