Category Archives: Carlene Byron

Speak? No, don’t speak.


Speak? No, don’t speak. Seriously. Don’t speak. Here’s what I learned about open communications over 40 years of adult living: First I was a newspaper reporter during the time when reporters were expected to maintain “objectivity” about the news. Don’t … Continue reading

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Spiritual Transfusions for Bad Blood: Charlottesville, Tulsa and My Ancestry


If family history research teaches anything, it is that none of us is without some fundamental sinfulness that tarnishes our family line across many generations. So while I can join those who are reeling in horror at the weekend’s events … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Faith Catches Fire


This book makes the case that the US church has a great deal to learn from Latin-American immigrant congregations. No argument there. It points out the passion and enthusiasm of Hispanic Christians, notes their frequent transition from traditional Catholic roots … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Try Too Hard?


I’m a desk-worker by trade who is currently “trying” to lay a brick walkway at my home. Right now, I’m still at the shoveling stage: shovel out 18 inches of dirt, shovel in a sand and gravel mix. This morning, … Continue reading

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A Cake, the Klan, a Senator’s Stand


I have two writerly “woohoos!” today! First, my piece about Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, her conscientious stand against 1950s hatred, and her yummy blueberry cake, appears in the lead position at The Redbud Post this month.     Then, … Continue reading

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