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Writing lessons from Maya Angelou

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I often complain to my husband that nothing ever happens to me. At least, nothing happens to me compared to Maya Angelou.  If you read the obituaries of…

My personal earthquake

My personal earthquake

By Chelsea Boes
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Parenting | This April, in the first days after my husband and I learned a baby was coming to us—certain and irreversible as a tracked train—I cried for several days.

Lessons on ingratitude from <em>Madame Bovary</em>

Lessons on ingratitude from Madame Bovary

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | This week I read my very first classic French novel, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. The book had a pleasant fatness and pages browned by too many years…

In-laws, not outlaws

By Chelsea Boes
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Family | Jonathan and I learned soon after our marriage that we would be talking about word origins until the day we died. I guess some couples talk about work, or…

We’re in good hands

We’re in good hands

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I should spend more time listening to old men in wigs. Today I have in mind Matthew Henry, the 17th century biblical commentator whose perspective marbled…

In God we trust

In God we trust

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | James Pollock, the once-famous governor of Pennsylvania who was credited with putting “In God we trust” on American currency, is buried behind my…

Meeting my editor

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I once read that writers enjoy their occupation because it gives them the chance to be known and unknown at the same time. Because of their words, people they…

Lessons from <em>Fat Girl</em>

Lessons from Fat Girl

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | Writing—especially writing for children—exists to teach and to delight. That crucial lesson in balance, which not every age has comprehended equally,

A homebody on the road

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | My husband Jonathan drove our yellow car through the 8 a.m. Asheville, N.C., traffic this week, bound for WORLD News Group’s headquarters. Above the jingle…

Follow the ‘Reading Rules’

Follow the ‘Reading Rules’

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | My husband Jonathan came home from school this Wednesday shell-shocked because he was done. Done with everything . Every paper, short response, exam, and…

To be more like Fanny

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I spent the Wednesday evenings of my youngest years trying to earn badges. Every year, the Wednesday night children’s program at our church culminated in an…

Leaving college again

Leaving college again

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | When I graduated from college, I fell headlong into sleep—in the long and the short view. On the way home to New York when my family and I stopped for…

 
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