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My Mother in Pieces

By Christine Dente | March 17, 2022
dementia in pieces of my mother

Overgrown Toenails Oh no! My mother’s toenails, clipped just this morning, are now strewn across my kitchen floor. Pieces of my mother I’d meant to throw away.  I’ve just spent time with her in the Memory Care facility. After my one-hour drive there, I had arrived in fear of what condition she’d be in.  Last … Read more

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God Hasn’t Changed, But I Have

By Christine Dente | February 21, 2022
take a break and change like the woman in the willow

Bananas As a one-year-old, my daughter, Chloe, ate a banana every day. I’d mash up that meal for her like cashing in a guarantee: she’d get a solid breakfast to help her grow, no matter what other foods she’d refuse throughout the day.  By two she was peeling and eating the fruit as she toddled … Read more

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A Parent’s Blessing: “Travel Well”

By Christine Dente | December 6, 2021
Dente family photo from 2009

Seasons End Peace wears the softest summer smile, She lands, but only stays a while, Oh, where does she go? The seasons of parenting are gone like the summer. A sense of peace hovers in my memories of those decades. My husband, Scott, and I get a little teary-eyed when we talk about the days … Read more

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Woke Yet? There’s Hope for Our Myopia

By Christine Dente | August 31, 2021
hope woke wokeness

In the Eyes of the Woke Beholder I know some folks who believe that the earth is flat. Although others consider their views a joke, they consider themselves woke. So, too, academy-awarded actors who proclaim their enlightenment from their platform. They clasp the golden man and parrot the current political narratives. They would say they’re woke. As do the … Read more

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A Letter From My Future Self

By Christine Dente | May 12, 2021
a message in a bottle from my future self

Dear Me, Your life is NOW. I know you try to be in it, to stay present, to be here as it is happening. But I admonish you to try even harder. Not with sheer willpower, but with surrender. Surrender as hard as you can. Surrender to life as it is. And trust. Trust in … Read more

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Have You Noticed What You Notice?

By Christine Dente | April 9, 2021
be present with mindfulness and practice paying attention

Mindfulness Part 2: The Nature of Attention The natural world rejuvenates my mind and spirit, helps me be present. A slow walk on a lovely rustic path improves my mental and spiritual health. Living in Tennessee, I have access to many outdoor havens including Cheekwood Gardens, Warner Parks, and my pretty little yard. Absorbing the … Read more

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Does Your Mind Have a Mind of its Own?

By Christine Dente | March 1, 2021
Mindfulness: a serene face of a woman with eyes closed

Mindfulness, Part 1: Becoming Aware For me, it started with prayer. Prayer has always been a challenge for me. A challenge to spend time with God, focusing on Him entirely. Maybe amazing saints pray for three hours a day on their knees in the snow. But not me. Five minutes into my devotional thoughts, I’m planning … Read more

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A Mother Shares Her Daughter’s Suffering

By Christine Dente | January 25, 2021
A Mother Shares Her Daughter's Suffering

She was only 3 days old. We knew something was off: her breathing a little labored, her body a bit limp in her mother’s arms. But her vitals were within range and the experts on the phone said everything seemed all right. What could be wrong with my granddaughter? The Wonder of What’s Coming My … Read more

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Something Special: An Interview with Scott Dente

By Christine Dente | October 31, 2020
Scott Dente plays acoustic guitar

Scott, as your wife and co-member of Out of the Grey, I have witnessed and been a part of your creative process for more than thirty years. I thought it would be fun to get your perspective on creativity in general and songwriting specifically. Q. Do you mind answering a few questions for me and my … Read more

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Cloudy Today? Get Out of the Grey!

By Christine Dente | August 17, 2020
out of the grey aka christine and scott dente walk across a dark lawn toward a bright future

Puff Piece: As It Is Grey clouds have shrouded the better part of this year. Even a sunny summer can’t hide the insecurities of the season. In the past week, I have been working on an article about suffering and grief. My family has had its share lately. Yours, too, I imagine. We found out our … Read more

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