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The importance of story-drawers

The importance of story-drawers

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Since the end of college I have only read books I instantly enjoy. I found Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle , on one of my bowing white bookcases…

There’s no recipe for marriage

There’s no recipe for marriage

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | I was sitting with a small group of teenage Christian girls. Out of curiosity I asked them, “How many of you keep a list of the things you want in a…

Prescribed reading

Prescribed reading

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | My literature professor once told us to read Graham Greene’s book The Power and the Glory when we were depressed. The advice struck me as being both peculiar…

The pitfalls of procrastination

The pitfalls of procrastination

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Last week, on Valentine’s Day eve, I wrote a big mushy love card. I sealed it with lipstick and sprayed it with too much perfume. I baked beautiful mocha…

The mystery of my dad’s tattoo

The mystery of my dad’s tattoo

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | All my life my father has worn a greenish cross tattoo, about 3 inches long, on his left forearm. I have always admired it, but he grows vague and shifty…

Racing for the radio

Racing for the radio

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Do you have one of those families whose Saturday morning kitchen comes alive every week with pancakes and the radio? Someone yells through the house, “

The hidden poison in all of us

The hidden poison in all of us

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | My best friend Kayla and I sat in a borrowed living room with six sets of teenage eyes staring at us. The girls bent over their notebooks, recording the…

You’re invited to my heavenly dinner party

You’re invited to my heavenly dinner party

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | In heaven I hope to spend part of the time eating ice cream, part of the time oil painting with Winston Churchill, part of the time singing my glorified lungs…

Learning the lessons of love and marriage

Learning the lessons of love and marriage

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | American author Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis on Feb. 8, 1850, 141 years before me, to the day. She became, I think by accident, one of the forerunners of…

Out with the old

Out with the old

By Mindy Belz
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Essay | When a great tree falls, it may carry a season of life with it

My list-keeping compulsion

My list-keeping compulsion

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | On May 18, 2003, I was 12, and I had just read the last page of a book. You know what that feels like. You get excited because you made it all the way. You…

Those who think, and those who do

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Education | “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not…

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