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Kate Kooyman

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No Worries

In Canada, I noticed that when I said “thank you” to someone, they most often responded by saying, “No worries.”  I love this. It’s because I’m a fairly worried person, on the whole. I think that when I thank someone,…
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A thousand. A million.

For my kids, the highlight of our National Parks experience so far has been the 45-minute educational talk that happens each night in our campground. Usually given by a park ranger, one of the most memorable talks during our time…
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The Promise is Hidden

This morning there was a frog in my shower. I was at a campground in Northern Michigan, and the little green guy was all huddled up in the corner. Maybe looking for cooler temps, or more moisture, or maybe I’d…
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Interdependence Day

Today, my family and I will attend the world’s most charming 4th of July parade, an 80-year tradition which happens less than a mile from our house. Handmade floats and local politicians and lots of candy being thrown from vintage…
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Grace like Rain

My dog hates the rain. If I open the back door to let her out, when she clearly has to go, she’ll stand there and stare out the open door, offended. She’ll hold her pee for hours if it means…
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We are the same person

“We are the same person,” is the thing I find myself saying when I feel a particular affinity to someone. The other day my friend confessed that when she got really overwhelmed at work, she would start researching #vanlife and…
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We remember

To the mother and the father of the 10-year old whose name we do not know, the child who died in border patrol’s custody in September, but whose death was reported just yesterday: we remember you. We remember you, and…
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Healing Prayer

“Prayer was never meant to be magic," Mother said. "Then why bother with it?" Suzy scowled. "Because it's an act of love."  (Madeline L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light) Rachel Held Evans is in the hospital, and the world is…
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Binary Choice

“The policy McAleenan would consider, according to the officials, is known as “binary choice” and would give migrant parents the option between being separated from their children or bringing their children with them into long-term detention.” NBC News, April 8.…