Hermione and Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles

“Put your glass down so you don’t choke or spill,” writes a friend seconds before she siccs Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles on me. Someone using the handle proudhousewife has rewritten Harry Potter to root out the magic. Proudhousewife’s purpose statement reads: “Recently, I’ve encountered a problem that I believe this is the solution [Read More…]

Get a Face

“Why am I here?” asks Wang-mu, one of Orson Scott Card’s characters in Children of the Mind. It’s a question worthy of every infatuation. She answers with a healthy dose of self-suspicion and finds beneath her messy hunger a call to something greater. “I’m no part of any of these events. There is nothing of [Read More…]

In the City and Under the Mercy

“God is Creator. All things are related,” read the African side of a Contrast in Worldviews chart in my orientation packet. “A set order in the universe, independent existence, a naturalistic view,” answered the Western side. “There is a spirit world,” insisted the African side. “Many factors in life cannot be known, controlled, or predicted.” [Read More…]

What’s Your Superpower? or Why Can’t You Bear It?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? For clarity’s sake, let’s agree to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged definition: “power that is excessive, abnormal, or superior to existing power.” Batman’s superior gadgets don’t count. Given enough money and sufficient practicality, all such gadgets eventually become ubiquitous and thus no longer superior. For the sake [Read More…]

Learning in Institutional Wartime

Today my mind is not on Veteran’s Day; rather, my heart is heavy for the many hard-working, team-playing, staff people here at Bethel University (including the Seminary) who will be informed that their jobs are  quickly coming to an end. This day represents yet another round of budget cuts and layoffs here in the land [Read More…]

Gravity: The Sounds of Silence

It’s happened. A friend promised that by Thanksgiving, we would acclimate to the new schedule: Kindergarten, full day. How wrong was she! We don’t even make it half way through October before I’m ditched at drop-off in favor of a small person who is hardly bigger than her Hello Kitty backpack. Hello Darkness My Old [Read More…]

Priest, Shirley Jackson, and C. S. Lewis Walk into a Bar

Guess what. I can fill a 10-ounce glass from the freezer-door water dispenser while simultaneously retrieving a 6-ounce glass and a straw from the cupboard, removing a gallon of milk from the refrigerator, unscrewing the cap, and pouring the milk into the small glass—all while spilling neither the water nor the milk. You can imagine, [Read More…]