Tina L Porter

To My White Friends And Family

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To My White Friends And Family

I won’t have  much to say about #Ferguson today because so many are doing it much better. But I will ask you, my white friends and family to please consider–before you speak–about what it means to be black in America today. Before you say anything, please consider: our reality is not the same as that […]

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Tina L Porter

Finding My Feet

Cats, Family, Grace, Gratitude 3 Comments

There is a turkey to brine and a mother to pick up at the airport. A bed to make, a bathroom to clean–again. And breakfast–why do we have to do THAT every. single. day. But in this minute, I am sitting quietly in my chair, a cat at my feet and one behind my head, […]

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Tina L Porter

A New Year

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Holy cupcakes, friends, have I got news! On December 5, after ten years, I will leave my current position with Meadville Lombard Theological School for … well I’m really not sure. I am filled with many emotions right now–and am so grateful for the loving and kind messages I am receiving from people I have met during my […]

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Tina L Porter

Dear Daughters

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Dear Daughters, Your father and I just came in from raking the side yard, hopefully for the last time this year. There wasn’t much left, but enough that we couldn’t, as much as I wanted to, leave it on the grass. I was going to let your dad do it all himself and stay in […]

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Tina L Porter

The effects of the proximity of brilliance

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The effects of the proximity of brilliance

Grateful. That’s how I’m feeling tonight as I get ready to sleep. I’m counting my blessings instead of sheep, as the old song goes. And I have many. Friends who are talented and even if they weren’t, they are kind and lovely and make my life good and beautiful just by their presence. I have […]

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Tina L Porter

Ugly Pies

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Ugly Pies

There is a quiche in the oven. Okay, it is more like a breakfast casserole, but it is in the oven at 9:43 on a Saturday morning and it smells …deeee-vine. And in about 10 minutes, I anticipate the smell will creep downstairs and lull our houseguests up for breakfast.  And if not?  Then more […]

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Tina L Porter

Becoming My Mother

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Becoming My Mother

Earlier this week, I posted the following on Facebook: You guys, I’m officially an old, old woman. I just heard myself greet a 20-something young woman with “You look spiffy!” I need an intervention! To my surprise, this is probably the most engaged, non-photo, post I’ve ever had on my Facebook page as people both […]

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Tina L Porter

The Hunter

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The Hunter

Somebody somewhere is missing a rat trap. This morning, on the patio where our orange tabby usually consumes his kill, I found a few bird feathers and a large, sprung trap. With nothing in it. I’ve been wondering about this all day long. We joke about our wandering boy, my husband and I, about how […]

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Tina L Porter

Selfie Love

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Selfie Love

I recently spent five days with my mother and my middle sister. Just the three of us, traipsing through northern New Mexico. We were all exhausted our first full day, so we slept in, ate and then took a walk around the resort where my mother had reserved a condo for us. As we were […]

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Tina L Porter

So much depends …

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One of my favorite books that I discovered when my children were in elementary school and I had to work the book fair, is Sharon Creech’s “Love that Dog.” It is a sweet story of how a teacher uses poetry to bring a boy out of grief and teach him to trust his own voice. […]

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