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Forty

 

In 47 days I’m turning 40, a milestone that’s been stalking me for the better part of the past year – a shadowy presence in the dark corners of my mind and in moments when I’m alone and vulnerable.

I remember my parents turning 40, feted with black balloons and snarky cards about being over the hill. My father received a cane from his close circle of friends; my mother swore in slightly frantic tones that she still felt 29.

Forty has received a spiffy new makeover since then, but I still find myself approaching this thug of a birthday with slow steps, a white flag, and soothing words: “I come in peace.” Or at least I’m trying to. 

 

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The Patron Saint of Single Women

 

As a former singles columinst who now works for a Jewish-ish organization, I found this take on singleness intriguing. Hope you do too. (And for my fellow Gentiles, haftorah refers to the section of the Hebrew Bible read aloud in the synagogue that day.)

An Unmarried Woman

I first learned about Devorah—the judge, prophetess, and heroine of this week’s haftorah—as a fourth-grader at an all-girls yeshiva in Brooklyn. Sharing a name with her, and learning of her successful military campaign against the Canaanites, made me tremendously proud. Even at 8 years old, I was familiar enough with the Bible to recognize that her story was unique: a woman in a leadership role with no male significant other, a woman who didn’t need a man to be complete.

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Videos - Thriving Single in a World Geared for Families

 
The videos and MP3s from my three-week class on Thriving Single in a World Geared for Families are available online. Click on the image below.
 
 

Thriving Single in a World Geared for Families

 

This week I'm back at Willow Creek Community Church to lead a three-week class on Thriving Single in a World Geared for Families. If you're in the Chicago area and in the single demographic, I hope you'll consider joining us!

This class is running concurrent with the Family Series at Willow right now. This past weekend senior pastor Bill Hybels preached on dating. Check out what he had to say:

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My Cover Girl Moment

 

It was a huge honor. And, honestly, a fearsome thing.

When Larissa, the editor of Christian Single magazine, called and told me they wanted to feature me on their cover, I was pleasantly shocked.

And then slightly horrified. Mainly due to the timing. Before the interview and the photo shoot took place, I got laid off from my job of 15 years. Then I went to China for 16 days for a church trip. So by the day of the big photo shoot a couple days after my return, I was unemployed, jet-lagged, weighing 20 pounds more than I wanted to. And now being crowned the Queen of the Single People.

Say cheese!

Driving myself to the photo studio the day of the shoot, I remember telling myself to just get over myself and own it. During my 15 years on a magazine editorial staff, I'd been present at many photo shoots where the cover girl obviously felt self-conscious (a feeling I especially get now). And I'd seen some of the resulting deer-in-the-headlights pictures.

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