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Translating

July 30, 2021

All language has baggage. It’s the nature of language. So, we adjust and shift, and try our best to rearrange language to better convey the truth beneath those pesky, heavy, baggage-laden words. It’s not always an easy or pretty process, but isn’t the process the point? The grappling and adjusting. The exchange of new words, […]

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One of my favorite books in the Christian Bible is Ecclesiastes (Hebrew: Qoheleth). Most people are familiar with the lines “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die . . .” Hey, did The Byrds’s song just pop into […]

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A Day in the Life, News

The Turning of Time

January 1, 2021

The older I get, the more that time confounds me. This year has been eons long, but high school was just the other day. My children are just kids, but my oldest will enter her twenties in less than one month. In my mind, I am still a teenager . . . or at the […]

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I Watched a Wedding

December 9, 2020

I am an intern. As an intern for Central Ceremonies, part of what I am doing is observing rehearsals and weddings. That means, among many things, that I am pivoting careers. It also means that I observe the woman who married me over a decade ago perform ceremonies. It means that I get to revel […]

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A Day in the Life, Telling the Story of Marriage

One of the first social rules we’re taught is to say “thank you.” From our earliest years, society insists upon “thank you” as a way to express gratitude and appreciation. It’s likely a daily ritual for most of us. Think about it: we say it aloud, we write it, we bow our heads, and insert […]

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This month (and maybe next), we are writing about weddings and marriage during Covid-19. Back in April (remember April?), Sam officiated at Taylor and Michelle’s Pecan Spring Ranch wedding. They were among the very first couples to Zoom their wedding ceremony, so I chatted with them about the process, how they felt, and what life […]

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Couples Spotlight: Happily Ever After, News, Telling the Story of Marriage, Vendors we love

I am so excited to share what I think is such an important message with a broader audience.  Thanks to the folks at iAct for featuring my article in their Austin American Statesman column.  To read, click here and then ask yourself – what is your daily, or even weekly ritual for calibrating your anxiety, […]

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It’s a Mess

April 16, 2020

Well, this photo about sums up my life lately. And it probably sums up yours, as well. What a chaotic, frightening, sad, lonely, overwhelming, dark time. What a mess. There it is. I’ve named it, and you can probably add some feelings to that list. And even if none of these feelings resonate with you, […]

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News, Telling the Story of Marriage

Time to celebrate!

December 4, 2019

Cue the bubbly.  And just look at these precious Prosecco bottles with our new Central Ceremonies logo!  Hey, we pride ourselves on being professionals, but  sometimes we get to be cute and silly and fun! This month we are hitting the road to visit some of our great vendors – or as we call them […]

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Giving Thanks, Part 2

November 26, 2019

It’s been an exciting, busy, fantastic year over here. And we aren’t even done . . . we love our December and New Year couples for all the winter sparkle they bring to the holiday season! But during this Thanksgiving week, it is customary, of course, to name some of what fills our hearts with […]

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