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No Safer Place for Baby Jesus

On the wall in my kitchen there currently hangs my favorite nativity. A clearly exhausted Mary is lying down in the hay herself, cradling the baby Jesus along side her, while Joseph takes care of them. There was no room for them at the inn. From across time, we scorn ...

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Of Matrioshka Dolls and Apple Pie

When we got married, it was my full intention to make this a bicultural household. I had planned to do this by establishing customs and traditions from Russia into our family. Of course, I didn’t know any. So I asked Vladimir. He didn’t have much to offer. He didn’t remember. ...

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A Review of Five Words

I saw this bumper sticker on a car the other day. On my very first reading, I saw only “HATE THE ENEMY”. It was a few seconds later before I was able to see the tiny “is” and “only” that had been designed to look like they were written in ...

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