Maxim Monday: Educate Your Sons

Yes! A Maxim I am excited about! I agree whole-heartedly agree that our sons need be educated. I believe in education, particularly one that involves wonder, creativity and critical thinking. Lets give our boys sciences, art, music, history, literature, maths, outdoor skills, virtues, and the abilities to express themselves.And let's of course give that to our daughters.Aside from academics, which I believe are for boys and girls, I'd like to talk about some things I aim to teach my own … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday

The next two Delphic maxims go together: have respect for suppliants and be accommodating in everything.Both of these maxims refer to requests. Putting the two together can be trickier than it might seem.A suppliant is a person who is asking something of you. It seems to have an air of an inferior, implying unequal power dynamics. At this point in my life, I've discovered that people who are asking me for something (beyond, hey can I borrow a pen?) are usually taking a step outside their … [Read more...]

Mercurial

I don't know a lot about astrology. Most of the time I don't find it scientific or accurately reflecting my experience. Occasionally, it is eerily precise.Today Mercury goes retrograde for three weeks. I'd like to blame this starry shift on the mess I made with a friend on Monday. I am a strong and confident communicator in many mediums. I'm even pretty good at public speaking! But throw in volatile emotions and I can turn defensive, terse, and sometimes mean. I definitely have a few things … [Read more...]

My Life is a Love Story

Falling in love is easy, if mysterious. It can be as simple as a chemistry-laden kiss.¬† It can be as complex as seeing a girl in an orange silk dress across a crowded room and knowing that my world is about to be turned inside-out. However, growing a love that is sustainable,¬†with healthy boundaries and joy, is the work of a lifetime. My life is a love story, and the Red Goddess is my co-author.Love stories get a bad rap, and for good reason! Courtly tales of romance from the Middle Ages, c … [Read more...]

Identity

My birthday was this week. Birthdays and anniversaries are good times to reflect on one's life, so I've been thinking about the last year of my life, about the challenges and successes.The greatest challenges for me in the last 12 months have all been relational. Since this time last year I have had a miscarriage, lost and/or ended three important friendships, survived my son being 4, and entered into the deepest of emotional depths with my husband.The struggles with my husband have been … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Nothing to Excess

I have many people in my life who are passionate, possibly even obsessive, about their work or their hobbies or their loves. I fall into that camp, as well. It's important to devote the necessary time, energy, focus and love toward any thing we want to excel at - and I don't mean excel in a sense that there is something to 'achieve.' A thriving relationship takes time, effort, and focus. Finishing a challenging and beautiful book might take those things too.But to balance and refuel passion … [Read more...]

Not of this world

On my way to the grocery store I pass two churches. The first is a Lutheran church, an open and affirming one. I visited it last year, and while I thought highly of it, I couldn't sit through an entire service. These days I barely notice the large brick building with its stained glass and preschool playground. Until it hosts the farmers' market in its parking lot. Then I am there weekly, even if I bypass its front doors and sanctuary.The other church is much larger (churches here seem to be … [Read more...]


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