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Proper send-offs for a college couple

Proper send-offs for a college couple

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | If you’re sitting in a dorm lobby at Patrick Henry College and notice a horde of young men barreling down the walkway shouting, one of them is about to get…

Pleading Beethoven’s Fifth

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Music | I’ve been planning a wedding for only 19 days, but it feels like five months. The decisions to be made seem endless. My father, as is the custom of some,

The bride to be

The bride to be

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I sat before the mirror, awaiting my fate. The hairdresser behind me extracted her scissors. Half a second later, she held my long, detached ponytail in her…

Unrequited love redeemed

Unrequited love redeemed

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | As soon as I meet my husband and he proposes, I’m going to walk up to him and punch him in the chest. I will then cry, “You have no idea what I went…

The electric toothbrush caper

The electric toothbrush caper

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Essay | So I went to Walmart to buy my father an electric toothbrush, at my mother’s request. Not having ever applied the concept of electricity to anything near my…

The repentance of the purple-haired girl

The repentance of the purple-haired girl

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | My great-grandmother bought me a lovely hardback edition of Anne of Green Gables for my 11th birthday. I devoured it, read to tatters the seven succeeding…

A tribute to Paw Paw

By J.C. Derrick
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Essay | I sometimes tell people the atomic bomb saved my life. In 1945 my 18-year-old grandfather was stationed on Okinawa, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, where…

My slippery, silent miracle

My slippery, silent miracle

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Our family first discovered the phenomenon of the church conference when I was 12. Since then, we drive two and half hours south each October for a broadening…

Why assume the worst of others?

Why assume the worst of others?

By Amy Henry
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Faith & Inspiration | Dinner went sideways faster than you can say, “Check, please.” I had asked why he ate all four chocolate-covered dinner mints. He then accused me of…

From far apart to fast friends

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | When she still lived in Singapore, Sophia Lee always wanted to climb trees because it seemed so American. But she’d climb up there with a book and then she…

In love with the music man

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Music | You come to a point in a relationship, and a point in a long drive, in which you resort to lists of pre-scripted questions with titles like “25 Things to…

Finding a friend in flight

Finding a friend in flight

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Nancy the flight attendant had the dried out look of someone who had been in too many states in too few days. “If there’s anything I can help you with,

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