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TomCochran

Bopeep Shines

For two summers, while Thomas Cochran was on his yearly break from teaching English and creative writing at Fayetteville High, he worked on a…

JessicaSowards

Blended

Summer days start early. Roosters begin to crow at five in the morning, and the toddlers begin their cry of “Breakfast!” soon after. Then…

SavoyTea

Two for Tea – Savoy Tea Co.

“There are like 40,000 to 50,000 coffee shops in the U.S., but only about 3,000 tea shops.” -Bill Beyer There is a certain kind…

SethHaines

What is a Mother?

Seth wrote this essay to promote the book, The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope, that he co-created with his wife,…

Crusadingcousins

Crusading Cousins

First cousins Jennifer Barker and Brittany Hodak, only ten months apart in age, grew up in Roland, Oklahoma, a border town six miles from…

Jessica

Homegrown

Back in February, when there was still a threat of frost, my eldest son Jackson and I turned the dirt in the raised garden…

Doc

Doc 2016

April 30 is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. In honor of that, we decided to re-share this story we originally published in January 2014, that…

JessicaSowards

Praise God for Goats

My youngest son, Benjamin, just turned one. His wrists still have the chubbiness of a baby and the little dimples on his pudgy hands…