Author Archives: mimilarson

There is a monster under my bed!

It was storming outside as we ate dinner with friends. Their young son was frightened by the storm and called out for his dad. As father and son talked in the bedroom, a large clap of thunder sounded, and we … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

It was the same story again.  I have heard it many times before, but I must admit, I never tire of it. Yesterday, our pastor, once again, told the story of how, in the 1920’s, our church began on the … Continue reading

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The Transformative Power of Story

I recently returned a book to the library and felt as if I was saying farewell to a dear old friend.  Before dropping the book in the return slot, I held it for a moment, not wanting to let it … Continue reading

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Saturday Mornings, Nazis, and a Talking Donkey

Tell me another story when you were little…. When I was a little girl, on Saturday mornings, I would crawl into my mother’s bed and ask her to tell me a story about when she was a little girl.  Nestled in … Continue reading

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Why We Tell Stories

It’s one of those times in life… My soul needs to know that God profoundly loves me. I must be reminded that He cares for me and the trouble I find myself in. I want to hear that He will … Continue reading

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Sharing the Easter Story with Young Children

Recently, someone asked how to tell a young child the Easter story. The person was concerned how to talk about death and resurrection in a way that a young child will understand. I thought I might share with you how I … Continue reading

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Be like…Elvis?

This past summer, my husband and I spent a few days in Memphis. Unbeknownst to us, it was Elvis Presley week. The city was filled with fans and impersonators wearing Elvis t-shirts, purses, and jewelry.  Men and boys slicked their … Continue reading

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The Art (and Science) of Teaching

Recently, I have been reflecting on what makes a good learning experience. Is it strong content and a teacher’s command of a subject’s knowledge? Or is it a deep understanding of the different ways individuals process information and learn? Is … Continue reading

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Leaving Fingerprints

This semester, I have started a new teaching position that has caused me to be somewhat self-reflective.  As I walk the halls of my alma mater and enter classrooms, memories flood back of my experience as a student.  Probably because … Continue reading

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The Importance of Belonging

After a long month, my husband and I were able to get away recently to visit dear friends and celebrate the wedding of one couple’s daughter. It was a wonderful weekend where we were able to reconnect with old friends, … Continue reading

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