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Stings of Life

Sometimes life delivers an unexpected sting. The zap!! comes out of nowhere and the next thing you know, you’re yelping in pain. It might be an all-caps STING like a death or divorce or cancer or a loved one’s addiction. Other times, though, it’s a simple sting. Not life shattering, just annoyingly painful. An otherwise

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Futball Fever

Americans have finally embraced football and are definitely tuned in to the 2014 World Cup. The Ferree household has been enthralled with soccer since then 3½ year old Matt first stepped onto a field at the YMCA. We’ve been through the youth leagues, travel teams, school soccer, visits to the orthopedic clinic, and near-trips to

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Whale of a Bind

Do you remember what it was like to be caught in something so entangling you couldn’t get free? No matter what you did, the binding was so tight there was no way out. Eventually, most of us give up. We see the futility of our struggle and we simply stop fighting. We go belly up

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Father’s Day 2014 – Reflections on Healing

I dreamed about my father last night, perhaps prompted by the musings that have stirred in my head for several days about this Father’s Day blog. In my dream “Doc” wasn’t the vibrant, brilliant, generous man of my childhood and early adulthood. The man who birthed our complicated relationship of adoration and abandonment that I

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