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Some boys are not tough. Some boys do cry.

Some boys are not tough. Some boys do cry. – The words of a six-year old boy in my living room today. I was amazed by this first-grader’s honesty and his grasp that gender stereotypes are wrong. His dad was one of the contractors I hired to work on my house. I brought the boy inside for a few minutes while his dad checked on things. Right away the kid started ...

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Be aware of PMS

Some days I think I need therapy. I cry and feel depressed and dwell on all the bad things about myself and my life. Then I remember what time the month it is. And I know things will get better in a few days. Lesson for today: Ladies, know about your cycle and how PMS affects you. Then tell your significant other about it. He needs to be aware. P.S. I've just ...

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I told the monster to go to … @$#&!

I have a confession. Reading other people’s blogs make me feel like crap. They always have. At first I may appreciate their comments. Laugh at their wit. Think deeply about their words. But then my mind goes to that dark place. Why can’t you be thoughtful like that, Chansin? Why aren’t you living an amazing life like them and then writing about it? And I guess ...

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Too much stuff

Lots of possessions make life more complicated. When I was young and living in my parents’ house, my dad constantly complained about my messiness. When he was being nice about it, he’d say, “Chansin, you’re such a good daughter… almost perfect … if only you could keep your room clean!” And then on his mean days he’d say, “You’re such a pig!” ...

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My sermon at Heights Church

Breaking Rules for the Sake of Love ... On my second Sunday of serving as an intern at a church in Houston, I was asked to preach. The text from the lectionary was Luke 13:10-17. Instead of writing about all that I learned about it and what I spoke about in my sermon, how about I just link you to the podcast instead? Here it is.

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Save money: check out movies from the library

Who would’ve thought you could get dvds and blu-rays from the library? When I got married and moved to Brownsville, Texas I was stunned with how many great blu-rays were available. Many of them were recently released, too! The movie shelves were at the front of the library. There was no missing it. I wondered if their great selection of digital content maybe said ...

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Don’t commute

I hate driving. What do I hate even more than driving? Driving for a long time. My husband and I moved to a Houston suburb two weeks ago. And now, for the first time in my life, I have to drive over 45 minutes to my workplace. I’m doing this because I know it’s only temporary. We are fixing up our house so we can sell it. I can endure anything for a few months. ...

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Don’t water the lawn at night

I’m new to lawn maintenance. One reason I enjoyed being an apartment-dweller and renter was that I didn’t have to take care of grass. Lawn care was provided by the landlord in the two houses we’ve rented. But now we’re living in our own house, and I noticed the lawn is looking a little parched. I usually wouldn’t care very much and would let it die or go ...

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Coffee or tea?

I don’t know about you, but when I drink coffee, I like it with sugar and cream. I especially like those artificially-sweetened creamers in flavors like snickerdoodle, hazelnut, French vanilla, or pumpkin spice. Yummmm. And the sugar? A spoonful please! I admire people who drink their coffee black. I just cannot do it. I only learned to like coffee in college. ...

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Face-to-face matters

Looking directly at a person – face-to-face, one-one-one – matters. Digital connections are great, but there’s nothing like spending an hour sitting across a table with someone, looking into their eyes, and communicating. Let’s get coffee, became a mantra when I was in college. Everyone said it. I didn’t even like coffee at the time. But we all knew we ...

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When the feelings aren’t there

Today I learned something about love. My pastor started his sermon in a predictable way. Love is more than a feeling. It’s about doing good for another. Yes, yes, I know that, pastor. He read the parable of the Good Samaritan – that man who did not pass by the beat-up, nearly dead guy on the side of the road. The religious people before him had continued to walk ...

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Best way to meet neighbors

When moving into a new neighborhood – or when someone new moves in next to you – what do you do? Perhaps you enjoy anonymity and prefer not to meet the neighbors. But I enjoy community and have dreams of actually making friends of my neighbors. It is hard to know where to start. I've gone months of living in a new neighborhood without knowing the names of the ...

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Why this blog?

There was a time that I dabbled in journalism. My favorite thing about it was the opportunity to learn. I did not care as much about crafting the story or getting a byline. I was most excited about researching and interviewing people, hearing their stories, and learning what makes life meaningful for them. In this blog, I want to share lessons I learn in my own ...

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