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Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel

Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel

By Joy Wong

I’ve been feeling old lately. Last November, I turned 36. As my big brother put it, I am now “closer to 40 than I am to 30.”

Of course, whether I am old or not depends on who you ask. To those in junior high who were born before 9/11 and have never heard of U2, I am most definitely old. (more…)

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I Hate Change…

Photo by Jonathan Kriz

Photo by Jonathan Kriz

By Debbie Gin

…or so I thought.  When friends or family decide on a venue for dinner, I typically get annoyed if additional options are mentioned after the decision’s been made because that means we waste more time considering the pros/cons of those options instead of proceeding right away to the restaurant.  It doesn’t help that I’m not a “foodie,” but change has always felt unreliable to me. (more…)

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Photo by Marcy Tomsen

Photo by Marcy Tomsen

By Young Lee Hertig

Increasingly I see Asian North American women reaching middle age with somatic symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, sleep interruptions, and other symptoms.  Not long after a stressful move across the country from Los Angeles to Dayton, OH without any warning, menopause hit me one day. (more…)

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CIMG8295By Tina Teng-Henson

When my husband John and I really grow up, I hope we’re like our maternal grandparents.

On his side, MeMe and PawPaw shared 65 years of life and marriage together– raising four children in Louisville, Kentucky – who all went on to meaningfully serve Christ and kin in academia, business, and missions.   (more…)

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Photo by Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

By Young Lee Hertig

Who would have guessed that I would quote from the Analects for an AAWOL blog?  I must be getting up there in age:)  In truth, I am now savoring the last year of my 50s.  At this juncture what feels most meaningful to me is from the words of Confucius: (more…)

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Falling Upward

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By Chloe Sun

When do we know if we enter mid-life? Is it when we turn 40, 45, or 50? Is it when we see wrinkles on our face? Is it when we spot the first signs of grey hair? Is it when we see that our children are taller than us? For me, mid-life comes when I know that my time ahead of me is limited. Mid-life comes when life becomes more precious.

Mid-life comes when we may feel a sense of loss, a sense of “over the hill,” and a sense of “falling.” Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward, captures the fascinating paradox of entering the second half of our lives. It is not falling down but “falling up.” I’ve been asking myself, In what ways am I “falling up”? (more…)

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Photo by Per Ola Wiberg ~ Powi

By Young Lee Hertig

I spent the whole day Saturday, September 22, at the memorial and burial service of a mother and grandmother who battled against cancer with its ups and downs.  Mrs. Yi was a model patient, mother, and dedicated supporter of our ministry back in the day when we ministered to her children.  (more…)

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