Laura Beth’s Blog

Ear Waves

Ear Waves

There are constantly sound waves pulsing through our heads. The slightest buzz of a bug or the irritating ring of an electronic device or that noise the refrigerator makes when it does whatever a refrigerator needs to do to stay cold: all of these are the result of air that has been very specifically disrupted so that when it strikes our ear drums it produces a pattern that our brains have been taught to recognize and (sometimes) associate with a…

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Circles

Circles

Over the past 12 months, I have visited 22 of the 50 United States. Most of those trips have involved driving in circles; some big, some small, always starting and ending somewhere I called home, even if only for a moment. The anchor point of my circle has recently shifted from the “come and take it” state of Texas to the midwestern farmland home of Hoosier Pride in Indiana. One of the most striking differences between the college town of…

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Book Review: The Rock Creek Series

Book Review: The Rock Creek Series

Kindness is making a comeback. It’s not disguised as political correctness or bathed in religious overtones. It’s just pure, heartfelt compassion for a friend, neighbor or even stranger. It’s unfortunate that it takes a chaotic and at times hostile political and cultural climate for that surface, and still, here it is. On my social media feeds, in news articles, and sometimes even on the streets in front of me. It’s been a while since I wrote a book review. It’s…

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Farewell Sophia

Farewell Sophia

I wrote a love poem today: to my boat. This bothers me more than just a little bit. I’ve spent the last few years moving myself to a much more minimalist lifestyle (truly a “lifestyle” choice) and the thought of being attached to this hunk of fiber and metal is not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong; Sophia has been a great boat and home. And the blog and organization that inherited her name will press on. But as…

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Pride and Promises

Pride and Promises

Rainbows are everywhere; literally. Even when we can’t see them the colors from the entire spectrum lurk in the light that flies by us as we walk through the day. Sometimes that light passes through a device of some sort – a cloud, a drop of water, a cut glass or a crystal prism – and allows us to enjoy a display of color only nature could paint. Sometimes that painting is adopted as a symbol or illustration of a…

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Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Dear Fellow Sojourners, As we approach the end of 2016 and look forward to all that 2017 has in store, I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks. Your support and encouragement have made this an unforgettable year.      I am also asking you consider offering a final gift to Sophia Sojourn for 2016.  Immediate needs include travel expenses, book inventory, upcoming renewals of web sites, etc. Any gift of any amount will help offset those costs….

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Giving (and Receiving)

Giving (and Receiving)

Thanksgiving Thursday…Black Friday…Small Business Saturday…Cyber Monday…and then, finally…Giving Tuesday. I don’t know about you but just as much as the consumerism of the weekend gets under my skin, the guilt of not being able to give as much as I would like a kick in the gut that takes what little wind I had left out of me. Giving is hard. Giving when you literally have nothing to give is even harder. My upbringing in the church is yelling loudly…

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7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

Note: I’ve been holding off posting this. A question has been eating at me in light of our current cultural climate here in the US: Is this really the time for a white person to honor and elevate other white people? Left with that criteria alone, I kept coming up with a resounding “No”! I actually tried to remove the ethnic labels completely, but it watered down my actual experience. This article isn’t just about ethnicity, it is about recognizing my…

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I can’t do purple

I can’t do purple

I love you, all of you. But I can’t do purple. We are one nation. It was true before the election. It’s still true and it will continue to be true (unless Texas makes good on threats to secede). I would desire nothing different. “One nation” is a good thing. There may be some fronts on which we are united. Although sitting here at the moment I can’t exactly think of any. We may agree on the evils of slavery,…

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