An Emerging Fullness

2017 arrived just when I needed it most. I’m not great at keeping resolutions or anything but I can’t help being lured into introspection by official new beginnings. I’ve been in dire need of purging stale thought patterns to make room for fresh perspectives. The last several months were … well… actually, I don’t want to dwell on them. Let’s just say they were “trying.” I think we can all agree on…

Establishing Peace With One Another

  Like most other times a fast approaches, my initial thoughts about this Nativity Fast were laced with stress: “I’m not ready!” And this year, gearing up for a sacred period of preparation for the incarnation seemed especially challenging. Truth be told, I’ve been wrestling with a lot of disappointment lately, in my own failings and in the state of our nation. I’ve been discouraged, disillusioned, and downright depressed over the dwindling…

Happiness is a Pure Heart

The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there. – Annie Dillard I live in community with my parents, a cocker spaniel, my four children, and my even-keeled husband. My brother, sister-in-law and their four kids live just on the other side of our subdivision. Family surrounds me every day, all…

Born to Die

I love listening to podcasts while I clean, and walk outside, and drive… I’m a podcast junkie. About a month ago, I was playing an episode of NPR’s “Snap Judgment” while folding laundry. It featured a story about twenty-four strangers who got caught in a gas station together during a three-quarter-mile wide tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011, killing 160 people. The storm came on quickly, giving the customers no…