Posts Tagged: life

“The Practice of Wearing Skin”

Over the holidays I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Alter in the World. Tumbling down another road into another year, her words reverberate, reminding me to stay present and to overflow with gratitude. This excerpt comes from the chapter

“The Practice of Wearing Skin”

Over the holidays I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Alter in the World. Tumbling down another road into another year, her words reverberate, reminding me to stay present and to overflow with gratitude. This excerpt comes from the chapter

Passed Out and Carrot Pumpkin Soup

My husband got sick last week and passed out in the bathtub. It wasn’t normal passing out though, he started to convulse like he was having a seizure and for two handfuls of seconds I thought maybe he was dying.

Passed Out and Carrot Pumpkin Soup

My husband got sick last week and passed out in the bathtub. It wasn’t normal passing out though, he started to convulse like he was having a seizure and for two handfuls of seconds I thought maybe he was dying.

Travel Notes

It’s been a rich, long and densely packed October trapezing around the South. People keep saying to me, “I know you’re busy, but…” and it makes me wonder if I’m giving off the wrong vibe–the one that says I don’t

Travel Notes

It’s been a rich, long and densely packed October trapezing around the South. People keep saying to me, “I know you’re busy, but…” and it makes me wonder if I’m giving off the wrong vibe–the one that says I don’t

Birthday Boy Beef Stew

It was a very happy birthday as my sweet husband turned a whopping twenty-six yesterday. For two years in row, we’ve celebrated with this hearty stew. It signals a new season of both life and weather. As the trees change

Birthday Boy Beef Stew

It was a very happy birthday as my sweet husband turned a whopping twenty-six yesterday. For two years in row, we’ve celebrated with this hearty stew. It signals a new season of both life and weather. As the trees change

Crustless Squash Quiche + A Chicken Attack

There was a chicken attack. Last night, just before dusk. I am standing in the kitchen with a glass of wine and tub of hummus. Andrew is in class. Suddenly, panicked squawks. A noise surely of chicken, but not one

Crustless Squash Quiche + A Chicken Attack

There was a chicken attack. Last night, just before dusk. I am standing in the kitchen with a glass of wine and tub of hummus. Andrew is in class. Suddenly, panicked squawks. A noise surely of chicken, but not one

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Turning 24

Nothing changes when one turns 24, except of course, you, who has likely changed very much since 23. Last year I insisted on celebrating my birthday at an Irish pub. I wanted everyone to plan something spectacular for me, but

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Turning 24

Nothing changes when one turns 24, except of course, you, who has likely changed very much since 23. Last year I insisted on celebrating my birthday at an Irish pub. I wanted everyone to plan something spectacular for me, but

Technicolor Meaning and a Naked, Inexhaustible Fury

“Once, driving around the lake by our house we stopped and looked at the sunset, a December sky. He [Carl Sandburg] spoke of the ‘gunmetal sky’ and looked for a long time… For I could feel what was going on

Technicolor Meaning and a Naked, Inexhaustible Fury

“Once, driving around the lake by our house we stopped and looked at the sunset, a December sky. He [Carl Sandburg] spoke of the ‘gunmetal sky’ and looked for a long time… For I could feel what was going on

Pensive Friday

I was riding to work this morning when I came to a stop sign. A hot pink VW bug stopped at the same time at a stop sign across and slightly diagonal from the one in front of me. I

Pensive Friday

I was riding to work this morning when I came to a stop sign. A hot pink VW bug stopped at the same time at a stop sign across and slightly diagonal from the one in front of me. I

More from the Journal

I’m marrying off my best friend this Saturday at 10:00 am. We are all full of love and anticipation. The preparations have left me little time to write, but standing on my soap box for vulnerability, I share yesterday’s journal

More from the Journal

I’m marrying off my best friend this Saturday at 10:00 am. We are all full of love and anticipation. The preparations have left me little time to write, but standing on my soap box for vulnerability, I share yesterday’s journal

A Journal Entry of Jealous Chagrin

Under misty puffs of smoke and kaleidoscope lights, I flipped through my most recent journal entry. My mind skipped from the message on stage and I fell into my own scribbly pages… 6.14 I have this notebook but I never

A Journal Entry of Jealous Chagrin

Under misty puffs of smoke and kaleidoscope lights, I flipped through my most recent journal entry. My mind skipped from the message on stage and I fell into my own scribbly pages… 6.14 I have this notebook but I never

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

UPDATE 6.3.13

Well, I only missed my deadline by one month and two days. Even so, I’ve felt the tugs of my blog reeling me back. How about a quick recap of the last few months to quell your curiosity? Since my

UPDATE 6.3.13

Well, I only missed my deadline by one month and two days. Even so, I’ve felt the tugs of my blog reeling me back. How about a quick recap of the last few months to quell your curiosity? Since my

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

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

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

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

The Fresh Hardship of Adulthood

Expenses: Rent. Insurance. Tuna fish. Wireless internet. A new dishwasher. Cat food. Tire rotation. Heat. Loofas… Chores: Start laundry. Unload dishwasher. Dust base boards. Scrub toilets. Mop bathroom. Wipe counter-tops…. The lists go on. You see, I graduated college in

The Fresh Hardship of Adulthood

Expenses: Rent. Insurance. Tuna fish. Wireless internet. A new dishwasher. Cat food. Tire rotation. Heat. Loofas… Chores: Start laundry. Unload dishwasher. Dust base boards. Scrub toilets. Mop bathroom. Wipe counter-tops…. The lists go on. You see, I graduated college in