Stories of Grace: More, Not Less

Posted by Colleen Moore on Nov 11, 2019 3:18:15 PM

I wanted to be common like bread:
so when the struggle came she wouldn’t find me missing.

These lines from Pablo Neruda’s poem “Nothing More” were etched on a plaque, as a tribute to my late father, Denny, by a close friend of his. It hung on the wall of their local watering hole where my dad had gathered often with friends, colleagues, and strangers to recount the day or sometimes to forget it. 

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Stories of Grace: Ballet, Brokenness, and Building a Home

Posted by Sadie Yates on Jul 16, 2019 10:38:00 AM

Twirling and leaping across the floor, I almost laughed out loud with the joy of doing what I love. I am a ballerina. Now, to be clear, I’m no professional—I gave up those aspirations long ago. I stopped doing pointe work after high school. I’ve only seen a few ballets in person. But ever since my first class as a toddler, ballet has been one of my greatest passions, an activity I pursue simply because I love doing it. For me, ballet will always be an art form in which I feel at home.

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Stories of Grace: Symphony of Grace in G Major

Posted by Joe Drey on Jul 9, 2019 7:10:00 AM

In every piece of music, there are changes. The tempo speeds up, the pitch drops down, smooth notes become choppy, and after a loud crescendo comes a blissful and quiet release. If music is a journey, then my life story in music could be a symphony.

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Stories of Grace: A Gift From Mary

Posted by Sarah Ortiz on Jul 3, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The morning light eased its way along the streets of Rome in a gradual awakening. I too ambled around the streets, enjoying my first morning in the city on my own. Now I’m sure I took the least efficient route, but eventually I arrived at Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of Mary Major. The impressive white façade dominated the scene, and the interior was no less grand: rows of enormous marble pillars flanked the sides and intricate gold coffers covered the ceiling. My eyes couldn’t absorb enough of its splendor.

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Stories of Grace: Yes, I am home

Posted by Grace Carroll on Jun 25, 2019 2:15:44 PM

The smell of homemade apple coffee cake wafting from the kitchen, mornings waking up without an alarm, ample time to read novels while curled up by my mom’s bookshelves, an affectionate dog whose curious eyes follow me from room-to-room; these are some sure-fire signs that I am home. Even as I traverse the country and the globe, making new homes for myself far from Rhode Island, there is a peace that washes over me upon every return to this place, my first home. 

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