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Cornelia Seigneur
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Cornelia Seigneur is the author of two books: WriterMom Tales: Corralling the Commotion While Savoring the Chaos, Spilled Cheerios and Prayers of Real-Life Motherhood and Images of America: WEST LINN.

As the mother of five children including identical twin boys, her pen often turns towards parenting and family issues. Cornelia has been a freelance journalist for The Oregonian newspaper since 1996, specializing in family, faith, culture, and community features. Her work has also appeared in Christianity Today and Parents magazine, among other publications. Cornelia has also been an adjunct professor, a substitute teacher, a church youth director, and a faculty advisor for a college student publication. Cornelia is the founding director of the Faith & Culture Writers Conference held each year in Portland, Oregon.

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A Place to Start -- Right Here, Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:18 PM

My heart breaks. For the children. For the moms. For the dads. For the people of the world.

The statistics. You read them. First it's 1,000 dead. Then 2,000. Then we hear it's going to be 5,000. The numbers have reached over 8,000 dead from the Nepal earthquake. Then...

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When They Say They Don't Care, They Actually Do

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:29 PM

There was no question regarding getting the Christmas tree this year. We got up early, two days after Thanksgiving, gathered our bags of cold weather gear and drove to meet the Seigneur side of the family along with our older son and his wife at the Estacada ranger station. After...

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Six Words My Kid Said That Contain Such Wisdom

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:20 AM

My sixth grade son Gus is running on his school's cross-country team this year. As a newly-minted middle school student at the same school that his older four siblings, I don't think Gus had a standing chance to say he was not going to run. It's what we do....

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The Guilty Habit My Kids Called Me Out On

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:28 PM

The other night after dinner when all the kids scattered in their various directions, I grabbed my cellphone to do a quick check of email. One email sent me to a website and that website sent me to Twitter, which sent me to another website and then, of course, I...

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Do You Know Where Your Kids Are Tonight? Yep.

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:04 PM

My twins 16-year-old twins individually texted me recently asking if they could have their friend Tyler over to hang out. I was at an art event in town and had missed an earlier phone call from them.

Then came the follow up question: "Can Tyler also spend the night?"

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Why I Won't Ask Anderson Cooper to Pose for a Photo With Me

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Today, I had the chance to sit in the front row of a Question and Answer session with respected news correspondent Anderson Cooper. The Q & A was part of a preview event Anderson was invited to participate in at Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center before...

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Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Let me get this straight.

Three hundred teenagers break into the vacant vacation home of a former NFL player, ransacking the home while drinking and partying the night away. The home, located in Stephentown, New York, belonged to former New England Patriots and LA Raider player Brian Holloway, who now...

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'Can I Just Relax, Mom?'

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 5:19 PM

The start of summer is a bit disorienting for me as a mom, and I know it can be for many other parents as well. What should we do with the kids this summer?

During the school year, everything seems so pre-arranged and the time takes care of itself. The...

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In Pursuing Justice, You'll Find True Happiness

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:23 PM

When Ken Wytsma was an undergraduate engineering major, he had a health scare that caused him to re-evaluate the fast-paced fraternity partying way of life he enjoyed.

He began reading the Bible, then attended a Christian conference where, his friends said upon his return, he "got religion."


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The Kid Got No i-Anything for Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 2:08 PM

My kid wanted an iPod 5 for Christmas. Before this, he wanted a new computer for Christmas. But, then his only waking thought became an iPod

My kid is 9 years old. He asked me many times. He sent me links to where I could get an iPod 5. He...

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Real-Life Advent With My Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 10:53 AM

We started focusing on the Advent season a few years ago, which for us translates into gathering around our dining room table each Sunday in December and lighting a new candle on our "Advent's Kranz," which is German for Advent's wreath.

Four candles are arranged on the outside circle...

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The Art of the Welcome

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Warm, mouth-watering, home-baked sugar cookies are piled high on a white-rimmed plate. Green tea in French, hand-painted teacups are on the dining room table; a hand-painted sugar bowl is nearby to sweeten the sipping. A lace antique tablecloth wraps the room in warmth as Mrs. Barbara Higinbotham sits down to...

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The Justice Conference Speaks in a Universal Language

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 6:20 PM

At the recent Justice Conference in Portland, Ore., Shane Claiborne, a Christian activist for nonviolence and service to the poor, shared a story of his outreach visit to Iraq during the war.

"We were having a birthday party for a 13-year-old girl when bombs started falling,...

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1 Black Dress for 100 Days for Orphans

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 2:11 PM

Elaini Garfield, 22, has wanted to travel to India to assist in an orphanage since she was 10 years old. Her heart has been to help those who are hurting.

But then, her own hurts have halted that goal.

Instead of reaching her dream of traveling...

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Biblical Memorization and Carrying the 'Flag of Shame'

(22) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 12:10 PM

My grade school son Augustin loves Awana. Every Thursday evening during the school year, he dashes to his closet to retrieve his tote bag where his bright red uniform and handbook are stored.

On a particular week when Augustin was a kindergartner, he had determined to...

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A Gay Mayor, an Evangelist and an Imam Discuss Culture

(17) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 1:46 PM

This is not your father's church conference. But the founder of Q Gathering, Gabe Lyons, insists he holds true to your father's teachings.

Lyons, a hip yet classic 36-year-old donning jeans and a suit jacket, rallied the faithful at the historic Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon last week for...

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