The Art of the Handwritten Note

In these days of emails, emojis and texts, a handwritten note is a rare commodity.  An old-fashioned message that requires a stamp for delivery is really something special in the 21stcentury. A handwritten letter communicates to the recipient that you were willing to actually pause your life long enough to write down your thoughts, place them in an envelope, search out an actual address, purchase a stamp and get the letter to ...

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Feel Good Friday #32

Every week, Doubting Believer brings you things to watch, listen to or read that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. Kudos to this company for making sure that kids with prosthetics can still have a Just-Like-Me doll.   As far as I'm concerned, this group of guys  in Spokane decidedly wins Valentine's Day.   Pet lovers, you have a new hero. Amarildo Silva is turning old tires ...

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Feel Good Friday #31

Every week Doubting Believer brings you things that make you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. This may only be funny to me, as I lived with my family in Germany for two years, but hopefully all can find the humor here. Fans of Aerosmith (and others) can celebrate the second home for abused girls ...

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Feel Good Friday #30

Every week Doubting Believer brings you thing to watch, read or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. Your television habit could save a life! There's not much good about the  cold weather much of our country has experienced this week, but these pics are really cool.     And there are lots of stories of neighbor helping neighbor, like this anonymous donor who ...

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How Can We Hurt You?

On Monday, the New York Times ran an article about a town in Florida that is home to a federal prison that had to be temporarily relocated in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The people in the town are really suffering from the effects of the government shut-down. The article ends with this quote from a disgruntled Trump supporter: “I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she ...

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Feel Good Friday #26

There's Good News for everybody this Friday! First of all, congrats to Neil Myer of Michigan for winning the copy of Peculiar Treasures by Fredrick Buechner for sharing last week's 25th edition of Feel Good Friday. Thanks to all who shared the Good News! Good news for religion nerds. There are two new books out on the peaceful origins of Islam. Greater understanding of each other's religions creates a better ...

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From the Discarded to the Divine

Our family is very fortunate in that one of our Christmas rituals is to catch the train into NYC while we're visiting my husband's family in Connecticut and take in a Broadway show. This year, we were able to catch the revival of Once on this Island in the Circle on the Square Theater. It's a theater in the round where the audience literally sits around the stage. In this fable of ...

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Feel Good Friday–#24

Y'all. Next week is the 25th edition of Feel Good Friday.  We'll be celebrating that in a year that was chocked-full of bad news, we celebrated the good. Look for our 25th celebration give-away next week. Hey, that's good news, too!  We all know that package and parcel delivery people are the real heroes of the holiday season. This guy really loves his work.  This isn't recent, but it was new to ...

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Feel Good Friday #23

Every Friday, Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. This is my all-time favorite SNL Holiday sketch. It's funny because it's true.  It may be funnier to clergy and church staffers than it is to church goers, but John's Christ's latest is on point.  Santa is using technology to reach kids in the ...

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Five Reasons I Love Dumplin’

Dumplin' is one of the latest original movies to hit Netflix. I watched it this weekend, and here are just five of the reasons I love it.  Note: all spoilers are thematic. No actual plot points revealed.   It centers around the wisdom of Dolly Parton...and its soundtrack is chock full of her music.  Dolly and I practice the same kind of Christianity--one that leans hard on faith and loving people (including yourself). When ...

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