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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Simply Faithful
Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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Sept. 23, 2013 12:01 a.m.



Remember how we just talked about ways to shower babies with faith and prayer? Well, the kind people at Carpentree thought you might like one of these!

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I actually have two pink ones to give away and two blue ones — and they are precious.

If you’d like a chance to win one, just “like” the Carpentree page on Facebook and then come right back here and tell me you’ve done it. (If you’d like a second chance to win, start following Carpentree on Pinterest and leave me another note!)

The contest ends at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. We’ll put names in a mug or a hat or an old Lego box and let one of our kids draw the winners. Winners will be announced Thursday!

Be blessed!

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