Ever and Always a Gardener

On the Time Eternal podcast, I recently posted a conversation with my friend, Kerry, who grew up in a conservative Mennonite community in rural Manitoba. We talked about her experience of assimilating to the broader culture as well as how she’s come to regard the temporal rhythms of her childhood with both grief and gratitude. The episode seemed…

Show notes for “Time in Transit”

Public transportation is my temporal kryptonite–it brings out my impatience and inability to cope with all the “wasted” time in my life. But a few months ago, I had an experience on the subway that really put things in perspective, a painful reminder that no time is ever truly wasted. Hear more about it on the latest episode of…

“Serious illness is like asceticism”: Talking about Time in Illness with Kevin Allen

For the next week or so, the theme around here at Time Eternal is time and illness. I’ll soon be posting a podcast episode in which I talk with my friend, Elissa Bjeletich, about her experience waiting for her daughter to receive a liver transplant.  In the meantime, however, I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Allen,…

Trusting “Deep Time”

Last week, I relaunched the Time Eternal podcast with a new format and feel (see what I mean by listening to the first episode, entitled “Sites of Eternity”). One of my inspirations for “Sites of Eternity” was Krista Tippett’s  interview with Catholic theologian Fr. Richard Rohr. At the beginning of the conversation, Tippett and Rohr are talking about the…

Show notes for “Sites of Eternity”

The Time Eternal podcast is back with a new format and approach. In this first episode, my husband and I walk the meditation trail at Antiochian Village and ponder this whole business of recovering eternity in the world of time. With this relaunched version of Time Eternal, one of the new things I’ll be doing is posting show…

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: What Time Is It?

  Recently, I was making a mad dash through the campus library, trying to scrounge up enough interesting books before they closed for the evening. My eye caught this title by David S. Cunningham: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Literary Meditations on Suffering, Death, and New Life. I was drawn to the title because, like Cunningham, I have come to…

The Apostles Fast: Bridging the Paschal with the Ordinary

  Well, it’s finally here. We’re in the thick of the Apostles’ Fast–a fasting period that begins the day after the Sunday of All Saints (the Sunday immediately following Pentecost) and culminates in the feast of Sts Peter and Paul (June 29). The fast goes back at least to the fifth century, and probably a bit earlier (there…

Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

Yesterday, I started doing something I’ve been putting off for a while: I started tracking my time. As in, recording how I spend my time for virtually every waking minute. (Scroll to the end of this post for a more practical explanation of how I did this.) You’re probably wondering why I would voluntarily torture myself like this.…

Why the World Has to End: Making Sense of the Apocalypse

  The apocalypse. Nowadays, it’s a term that serves as a shorthand for a movie-worthy, special-effects-laden vision of the end of the world as we know it. But apocalypticism is often a much deeper and more existentially fraught topic than it seems upon first glance. Going Back to the Apocalypse I wrote my MA thesis on currents of…

Christmas Eve with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Well, Saturday is upon us and this evening, we will embark on the Great and Holy Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Call me crazy, but there’s always a bit of grief when you know a fast is ending. Believe me I’m looking forward to Christmas and all that entails (cough Bacon cough). But the fasts are always such a…