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There is such great sadness in the wake of the murder of three beautiful young Muslim adults: Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. I had this thought: If the gunman in Chapel … Continue reading

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Leaving Day

When I think of the memoir I wrote about my dad, Flying Over Home, the picture that always comes to mind is this one. (See below for ways to buy the book.) Here’s what I wrote about the photograph in an excerpt … Continue reading

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A Riot of Tulips

The Duke Gardens were especially beautiful this past weekend. The tulips nearly took my breath away. Each bed was more beautiful than the next. Cool weather and some rain has kept the flowers fresh longer than usual. What fun it … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago

My father left my mother (and me) fifty years ago this year. Nothing in my life was ever the same after that. For decades I was furious (in therapy and furious) at him. Then my cousins sent me some letters … Continue reading

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Flying Over Home, a new memoir

Flying Over Home by Jeanette Stokes (Words & Spirit, 2013) $18.95 ISBN 978-0-9821848-5-1 Flying Over Home is a searing account of a girl’s loss of her father and an adult woman’s quest to find him again. In writing that is … Continue reading

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November 22, 1963

“I walked out of my seventh grade English class on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 to get a drink of water. I was twelve. While drinking from the fountain in the hall, a male voice came over the loudspeaker, “We … Continue reading

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Boston

Too much. It’s too much for us to take in, and yet people of faith are called to take it in. Yesterday was Patriots’ Day in Boston. This I learned last night in the grocery store when I ran into … Continue reading

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