Author Archives: andreastiles

A Few Things That Shaped Me

First of all, I believe in miracles because I’ve seen them. I’ve been the recipient of blessings beyond what I would have thought to ask for. That will make a believer out of a person. It did me. I used … Continue reading

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There was a Boy

The boy was an only child. He had divorced parents – twice from each other and many times from others. He recalls just wanting to grow up and find a wife and create his own family and never hear the … Continue reading

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Alabama: When Walls Speak…

Still waiting to close on the sell of the Alabama house. Rode there with Erick yesterday – was out of work sick, but could tell how hard it was for him to go there alone so I loaded myself into … Continue reading

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I think I’ll Take the Long Way Home…

The extra time and the slow drive there invites clear thoughts to speak. Both mothering and teaching require words for others, but this life, too – mine – needs their own space to breathe. Words are important. Nothing is more … Continue reading

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The Window

She sat there by the window, still and pale with tears rippling down her soft skin, dripping onto her pocketed top. No sound came from her parted lips nor movement stirred aside from her falling tears. I, there on the … Continue reading

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And then there was the other shoe that dropped…

Just when you think your little tide might be turning and all is gonna settle, the adversary says, “not so fast. Let me see how I can steal a little more.” Trying hard to trust and to believe the best … Continue reading

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Finding Help

What a year…We can all say it. Some can say it more than others. I’ve tried to let experience teach me so that I can better teach others, so that I can better understand how to help.   We’ve needed … Continue reading

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Changed Minds

We can ask “what does it? What has the power to change a mind?” The answers vary, but what I’m certain of is that minds can and do change on many matters with maturity and experience. They change based on … Continue reading

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When Hell Broke Loose

I was thinking earlier about the most recent time hell broke loose. I wanted to go back to the move to Alabama and the two years of seemingly endless rain and the mud it has made, but truth won’t let … Continue reading

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I Can Speak for Her

Sometimes we lose people unexpectedly. Everything seems fine and then, all of a sudden, without any warning at all, it’s over. There’s no letter, no clues upon reflection to tell us what exactly it was that finally broke her. Just … Continue reading

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