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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…

The most harmful of fictions

The most harmful of fictions

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Homosexuality | The last time I tried reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple , I was too young for its explicit scenes of abuse. It terrified me, and I burnt it in the…

Seeing my pride in the protester wearing a green sweater

Seeing my pride in the protester wearing a green sweater

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | This year’s nursing home caroling service smelled more like death than ever before. Despite this, with one electric piano, one violin, 12 church people, and…

All of life is practice

All of life is practice

By Barnabas Piper
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Essay | In his best-selling book Outliers , Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “theory of 10,000 hours,” the idea that it takes that much time practicing something to…

The wood-chopping workout

The wood-chopping workout

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | It’s cold in New York this week. We’re having, as my brother would say, the kind of weather that makes a sneeze dangerous. To guard against the…

Finding happiness in giving

Finding happiness in giving

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “You will only be happy when you are giving,” my best friend Kayla said to me. Her long distance call from Africa woke me that day in my dorm room at 7:54…

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,

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