Review: The Passion of Mary

MaryBowen

When I was debating quitting my doctoral studies - specializing in the Virgin Mary - I came across a blog, Project Conversion, written by Andrew Bowen. In a last ditch attempt to deal with his own anger and disappointment with his Christian experience and the effects of the post-9/11 world, Bowen decided to explore twelve traditions in twelve months. He dove into each tradition, with a mentor, with books, with practice. He lived as if he was a believer of each faith. It was fascinating. … [Read more...]

Into the Woods

I went to Canada, into the woods, and thought I was going on vacation. How wrong I was. I expected fun, laughter, and trees. I got all of that. Fun was had, in a variety of forms. There was laughter. The grey mists against the deep greens of the trees and floating on the surface of the lake fed the Alaskan part of my soul. The camp site was not as spectacular as I'd hoped and the food wasn't very good. But it was the surprises...... Oh, the surprises. The first great surprise was mead. … [Read more...]

Further thoughts on being a householder

One of the things I didn't get into in my last post on being a householder and homemaker was how amazing a spiritual journey pregnancy and childbirth are. I wrote my last post from where I'm standing currently: parent to a nearly 5 yr old and a freshly 2 yr old. Yet, I learned so much from growing, birthing, and sustaining a new life.* I found my naturally heady and airy self more grounded and physically present in my body while pregnant. I struggled with the limitations of a growing … [Read more...]

My thoughts and predictions on the state of the Papacy

I got online yesterday morning and couldn't figure out why so many people were talking about the Pope. I don't have too many Catholic friends on Facebook. Was he dead? Many of my friends pay attention to religion in some form. What I found was even more surprising. At this point, you may be aware that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. From what I understand it's the first time in around 600 years that's happened. The last time was during the Schism - a period of time when the Papacy was … [Read more...]

Honor the Hearth

I've actually got a large post brewing in me about vulnerability and writing, but I've not had the space to cultivate it. The kids are intensely clingy - all the change of travel gets to them, even though I am so lucky that they travel well. We're back from Alaska but I'm preparing to leave again tomorrow for another trip for five days. This time alone, to California for a good friend's wedding. Of course, there is much to be done to prepare myself and my home for my departure. Which is a … [Read more...]

The Annunciation

Yesterday was the Feast of the Annunciation, one of my favorite Christian celebrations. I know, I'm not in my Christian quarter anymore, but Mary is a special lady and I wanted to mark this day. Seeing as how I didn't go to church at all last quarter, I decided to take the kids to the nearby church. I thought maybe, just maybe, there would be some mention of the Holy Mother on her day. Of course there wasn't. Two blocks up a busy street from our house is Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It's a … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part five

This is the final post in my 'testimony' series. (You can follow the links to parts one, two, three, and four.) My family landed in Wales in the early autumn of 2009. It was a grand adventure. Husband had never been to Wales before; I had been once for three days two years prior. But the gods said go, so we went. The rational reason for our moving to Wales was that I wanted to be nearer to my adviser and the academic community while working on my PhD. My area of specialty was the Virgin … [Read more...]


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