The protector

Marriage offers learning opportunities, and Cory and I have experienced several in just less than four months in to this thing. Sometimes we learn about each other, our relationship, or ourselves. A couple weeks ago, I think we both learned about all three of those things. Our wedding ceremony is still pretty fresh in our …

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After JonBenet

It's been nearly 20 years since I first learned about true evil. Christmas 1996. While my family and I went back for seconds of turkey, biscuits and pie - my mom helping me with my plate because of my 6-year-old clumsy hands - a family 15 hours away was about to live a nightmare. Dec. 26, …

On perfection

Anyone else have those things as a kid you assumed you'd grow out of when you became an adult, but found out as an adult that you don't grow out of something unless you actively work on growing? Maybe that's confusing. I'll give some examples. Two o'clock in the afternoon: I'm not afraid of the …

Taking social cues: My quest to learn when to stop talking about serial killers

Sometimes, I don't know when to stop talking. Or, rather, I do, but I misjudge my audience's visible discomfort for a sore back, a stretch or the need to check an important incoming text message. By the time I stop talking, it's too late. They're already disturbed. This seems to happen most often when I …