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Blogger, humorist, photographer, teacher, workshop leader, and mother of three awesome kids Follow @MaryBethC

How to Use This Issue (September 2016)

Who do you think succeeds more—the givers or the takers? I just finished reading Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant. The givers are usually the least successful. But do not despair; so, too, are … Continue reading

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How to Use This Issue (July/August 2016)

As summer arrives I am finishing my first year as a teacher of middle and high school students. It has not been easy, and I have discovered I have a lot to learn. It is thanks to my connection to … Continue reading

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How to Use This Issue (June 2016)

“If memory serves,” we say. Yes—memory serves. And to keep memories alive, we tell stories. When we gather in our circles we tell stories. One of my daughters, when asked to describe herself, called herself “gritty.” I love this. United … Continue reading

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How to Use This Issue (May 2016)

The other morning, one of my 16-year-old twin daughters walked into my bedroom as I was getting dressed. She cringed when she saw my half-dressed body and made a “blech” noise. “Hey, that’s not very nice,” I said. “I have … Continue reading

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How to Use This Issue (April 2016)

When my kids were little, one of our favorite story collections was Frog and Toad. In one story, Toad receives seeds from Frog and is surprised when they don’t immediately grow. Frog tells Toad, “Leave them alone for a few … Continue reading

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How to Use This Issue (March 2016)

I married when I was 23. My ex and I were never were able to save any money or handle conflict well. I am grateful that we divorced before I was almost 30. In my early 30s I met and … Continue reading

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In Community, In Ministry

Editor’s note: The March issue of response featured the story “To Celebrate and Sanctify” by Mary Beth Coudal outlining United Methodist Women’s proposed new additions to the The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, one on lay order  … Continue reading

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