A Counter-Commentary on the College Experience

The students are back from holiday. Sidewalks teem and there is traffic at the stoplight again. Working on the campus where I went to college can sometimes produce the illusion I am still in college. But driving by the apartments

A Counter-Commentary on the College Experience

The students are back from holiday. Sidewalks teem and there is traffic at the stoplight again. Working on the campus where I went to college can sometimes produce the illusion I am still in college. But driving by the apartments

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Spaghetti Squash in Veggie Cream Sauce with Chicken

I’m already bummed about this post because I forgot to take pictures. But here, I will draw you some. The finished product: What you need: The hard part: The easy part: The fun part: And as if the illustrations are

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Spaghetti Squash in Veggie Cream Sauce with Chicken

I’m already bummed about this post because I forgot to take pictures. But here, I will draw you some. The finished product: What you need: The hard part: The easy part: The fun part: And as if the illustrations are

A Prayer Against Darkness

I am laying in a bed in the guest bedroom. My husband is out of town for a bachelor party. I’m staying with a friend. The sheets smell like lavender and I’ve pulled an extra quilt over the bed to

A Prayer Against Darkness

I am laying in a bed in the guest bedroom. My husband is out of town for a bachelor party. I’m staying with a friend. The sheets smell like lavender and I’ve pulled an extra quilt over the bed to

Cheers to New Year’s Resolutions

So, it’s January 4th. Which means everyone is 96 hours into making themselves theoretically better people. But I’m not trying to take a stand on New Year’s resolutions. Although I do have one thing to say. WordPress issued a Weekly

Cheers to New Year’s Resolutions

So, it’s January 4th. Which means everyone is 96 hours into making themselves theoretically better people. But I’m not trying to take a stand on New Year’s resolutions. Although I do have one thing to say. WordPress issued a Weekly

Sandy Hook #Silence

I could say a lot of things about the Newtown massacre. Instead, I encourage you read this excerpt from the article The Media and the Massacre. “This is the ironclad logic of continuous broadcasting: Broadcasting must be continuous. Someone must

Sandy Hook #Silence

I could say a lot of things about the Newtown massacre. Instead, I encourage you read this excerpt from the article The Media and the Massacre. “This is the ironclad logic of continuous broadcasting: Broadcasting must be continuous. Someone must

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Winter Lentil Stew and Warm Fruit Tart

So in my dreams I am the most gracious and endearing of all hostesses ever to live. In reality, I stress over every crumb and never start cooking soon enough. My guests nearly starve as I forget the sweet potatoes

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Winter Lentil Stew and Warm Fruit Tart

So in my dreams I am the most gracious and endearing of all hostesses ever to live. In reality, I stress over every crumb and never start cooking soon enough. My guests nearly starve as I forget the sweet potatoes

Advent Guide Reflection

Where I worship, we refer to ourselves much less as a “church” and much more as a “community.” We establish our identify less in the building we use and more in the relationships we’ve forged. According to Merriam-Webster, a church

Advent Guide Reflection

Where I worship, we refer to ourselves much less as a “church” and much more as a “community.” We establish our identify less in the building we use and more in the relationships we’ve forged. According to Merriam-Webster, a church

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Butternut Squash Soup

Prior to this recipe, I had never even seen a Butternut squash in real life. Turns out, when you peel one a strange sticky residue seeps out and, in my case, completely dried out the skin on my left hand.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Prior to this recipe, I had never even seen a Butternut squash in real life. Turns out, when you peel one a strange sticky residue seeps out and, in my case, completely dried out the skin on my left hand.

Community Dance Party

Saturday night we went to the most marvelous Christmas party hosted by a couple in our church who recently purchased an old farm house. A grand, blush-colored home with a rollicking front porch and the most impressive wood floors, laid

Community Dance Party

Saturday night we went to the most marvelous Christmas party hosted by a couple in our church who recently purchased an old farm house. A grand, blush-colored home with a rollicking front porch and the most impressive wood floors, laid

The One About Bustin’ Up Insecurity

Very often, I don’t post because I feel like I don’t have a stance to take on anything. Or I don’t have any ground-breaking research to share. Or I haven’t been to Central Asia taking photographs of the natives. (See

The One About Bustin’ Up Insecurity

Very often, I don’t post because I feel like I don’t have a stance to take on anything. Or I don’t have any ground-breaking research to share. Or I haven’t been to Central Asia taking photographs of the natives. (See

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Benefits of Raw Milk

I’ve named this blog intentionally, in large part, because I believe in the nourishing power of food and, more specifically, of raw milk. Here is a good article by the Nourished Kitchen explaining why we should drink our milk raw!

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Benefits of Raw Milk

I’ve named this blog intentionally, in large part, because I believe in the nourishing power of food and, more specifically, of raw milk. Here is a good article by the Nourished Kitchen explaining why we should drink our milk raw!

In-Laws and Lemon Pie

It was our first mixed holiday. Since his mom and grandmother would not arrive until Friday, we decided to cut the turkey two days late. We popped in the extra table leaf and stashed our toiletries so as not to

In-Laws and Lemon Pie

It was our first mixed holiday. Since his mom and grandmother would not arrive until Friday, we decided to cut the turkey two days late. We popped in the extra table leaf and stashed our toiletries so as not to

Jesus Singing

“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne came on the radio as I was driving home. I’ve heard it  83,000 times before, but tonight it touched me differently. The song brought some comfort as I heard it from the mouth

Jesus Singing

“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne came on the radio as I was driving home. I’ve heard it  83,000 times before, but tonight it touched me differently. The song brought some comfort as I heard it from the mouth

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part Deux

This autumn marks the first time that I’ve taken part in planning and preparing for the women’s retreat in my church. In the wake of the retreat, an unexpected struggle has surfaced in my spiritual life. I was honored to

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part Deux

This autumn marks the first time that I’ve taken part in planning and preparing for the women’s retreat in my church. In the wake of the retreat, an unexpected struggle has surfaced in my spiritual life. I was honored to

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part I

My mom is thinking about putting on a Women’s Retreat through her church. Having just attended one, and a few more previously, she asked for some ideas. Suddenly, a whole philosophy unfolded. First of all, there are two types of

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part I

My mom is thinking about putting on a Women’s Retreat through her church. Having just attended one, and a few more previously, she asked for some ideas. Suddenly, a whole philosophy unfolded. First of all, there are two types of

For the Love of My Grandmother

I don’t really understand life or the decline of it. It seems like such a sad and painful fate to watch our friends and partners die—to be left alone in all our memories. I think of my grandmother in her

For the Love of My Grandmother

I don’t really understand life or the decline of it. It seems like such a sad and painful fate to watch our friends and partners die—to be left alone in all our memories. I think of my grandmother in her

Ode to a Great Writing Teacher

In late August I received a letter from my Alma mater requesting that I “candidly assess” the classroom performance of a former professor. With love, I offered the following response. To the Promotions and Tenure Committee, concerning the promotion of

Ode to a Great Writing Teacher

In late August I received a letter from my Alma mater requesting that I “candidly assess” the classroom performance of a former professor. With love, I offered the following response. To the Promotions and Tenure Committee, concerning the promotion of

Keeper of a Little Piece of Farmland

On this particular Sunday we take an unknown gravel path. While we’ve set out for the cotton fields that line Beaver Dam Church Road, Andrew notices an off-shoot trailing behind the Baptist church. A reaped field shoulders us on the

Keeper of a Little Piece of Farmland

On this particular Sunday we take an unknown gravel path. While we’ve set out for the cotton fields that line Beaver Dam Church Road, Andrew notices an off-shoot trailing behind the Baptist church. A reaped field shoulders us on the

Florida-Georgia Football Photo Essay

Every year around Halloween, Jacksonville preps its parking lots to receive thousands flocking from the far corners of Florida and Georgia for the great American game of Football. Rivalry lurks under every tailgate tent and team spirit stings the inside

Florida-Georgia Football Photo Essay

Every year around Halloween, Jacksonville preps its parking lots to receive thousands flocking from the far corners of Florida and Georgia for the great American game of Football. Rivalry lurks under every tailgate tent and team spirit stings the inside

Thank You, National Public Radio

The other day I listened to an engrossing interview about a restaurant in Chicago called the Golden Apple. I heard the story of a man who eats breakfast there every morning alone, the testimony of a waitress who’s worked the

Thank You, National Public Radio

The other day I listened to an engrossing interview about a restaurant in Chicago called the Golden Apple. I heard the story of a man who eats breakfast there every morning alone, the testimony of a waitress who’s worked the