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Tina L Porter

Wanting More for Their Advent Calendars (and world)

Family, Gender, Grace, Joy, Love, Parenting No Comment

it made me think of those little advent stockings and the treats we stuffed into them. It made me think of all the intangibles I would rather put in my daughters’ lives, not just for a day, but forever. So here is my advent list for my daughters:

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Tina L Porter

Dear Hair: I Love You

Beauty, Grace, Love 1 Comment

I know, I know–there are more important things to say today than what I am about to, but this is helping me exist in these awful and awe-filled times–but today I am totally in love with my curly hair. See this pic? That’s my hair after sleeping on it after washing it yesterday and letting […]

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Tina L Porter

What’s Beautiful Here

Beauty, Family, Love No Comment
What’s Beautiful Here

What’s beautiful here is a house whose furniture belongs in a house of old, old things and old, old people. Broken or nearly-so. Fragile fabrics, like thin skin, bruising at every brush of a knuckle or seemingly kind word. What’s beautiful here, where everything seems to be lightly stitched and held by twines and tufts […]

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Tina L Porter

In the Middle

Family, Grace, Love, Parenting 2 Comments

Today is the day! Release day for an anthology of essays written by some really thoughtful writers and compiled by excellent editors. Here in the Middle is a collection of stories about what has sometimes been called the “Sandwich generation.” But it isn’t really about a generation, it’s about a time in life when mothers and fathers […]

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Tina L Porter

A Prayer for The Work

Grace, Joy, Justice, Love No Comment

Let me not become my disappointment Let me use my disappointment to continue the work for justice let it sit within me and urge me on But help me fight becoming a walking billboard for despair Let me not become my anger Let me feel my anger fully and use it to combat injustice and […]

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Tina L Porter

61. September Skies

100 days of poetry, Grace, Love No Comment
61. September Skies

The sky will always be a reminder clear and blue the temperature still more summer than fall even in early September The reminder is in the clouds and in the names still spoken the beds still empty and the love that lasts longer than death longer than pain longer than healing Is it some comfort […]

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Tina L Porter

60. Recipe for Remembering

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60. Recipe for Remembering

Here is a recipe for remembering Sit still and be alone, quietly Or move about and be in a crowd, loudly Or take a shower so the steam cleans out the pores that keep the memory out and the pain in Watch a movie or read a book or take a hike or listen to the […]

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Tina L Porter

52. At the end of the world

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Love No Comment
52. At the end of the world

Where the world ends you’ll find me there cradling your head or holding your hand firmly, but not tightly but, then again, if it is the end of the world perhaps my hands won’t ache in the joints and muscles or maybe I just won’t care Even though in real time the outdoors gives me […]

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Tina L Porter

47. Ancestors

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47. Ancestors

You call them ancestors but I can’t help but think of them as ghosts whose only job is to make sure I know I’m connected to something other than the thoughts inside my brain even if it is only the love inside my heart.

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Tina L Porter

Don’t Let Go

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And still you have hope. I see it in  you, even if you don’t. You hold your metaphorical and actual children up to the world like Mufasa holds Simba in The Lion King and say “Look, behold, the new world is here.” I was reminded today, even after the bombings that will continue to take our […]

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