The Idiot Experience of Righteous Anger

Last night, I came home from the store after dark to find that someone had left the garage door hanging open again. This is a raw topic for me, because the garage door is left hanging open with uncanny frequency, no matter that I've reasonably requested closing the door many times after the children have extracted their bicycles and toys.So, in my righteous indignation, I stomped out to the garage, and slammed the door shut, then slammed it again when it didn't stay shut, and finally, I … [Read more...]

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The Mission of Families in Reconciling “The Family”

Is it possible, or even desirable, to shelter our children while also acting as witnesses to a wounded culture? I want to live in a world in which adults consider children and their innocence first, and strive to make their passage into adulthood as gentle as possible. In such a world, worship spaces, public places and popular culture would be, if not tailored to our nations youngest citizens, then at least mindful of their presence, respecting the role of parents to introduce … [Read more...]

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What Are Women For?

* After our dune climb the other day, the sun came out just as we made it down to the lake. Within minutes, it pushed the clouds out altogether and my husband I were able to swim with the kids. I sat on a sand bar, letting the waves come up over my lap. It was so cold, but felt like an ice bath on my knees and ankles which were stiff from the climb.My husband and I played frisbee in the waves, which felt liberating because the sun was out on my dimpled thighs, every shadow and flaw in the … [Read more...]

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Speaking in Tongues and Other Terrifying Gifts of the Spirit

I don't know if the sky is really more interesting lately, or if I'm just noticing it more as I spend more and more time looking up, but it pains me sometimes how this particular sky over this horizon will never happen again. This hour is unique. The sun is on my right hand, the full moon on my left, staring eye to eye over the corn fields, and curiously, two flocks of geese approach each other directly overhead moving in opposite directions. From the southbound flock, two geese break off, make … [Read more...]

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Little Free Library: Leave a Book, Return a Book

This little house goes at the end of the driveway, people stop and pick a book to read. Best idea ever. Find out more at littlefreelibrary.org And here are plans for building your own. … [Read more...]

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Cloudy Skies and Ivy

Iphone photos from the ┬ároads where I walk.            … [Read more...]

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Compensating for the Limits of Google Translate

"I've got to be honest with you, sometimes we just sit and look at each other," Pedge said. She was taking me to meet her friend Sehla, a Kurdish refugee from Syria that she sponsors through Catholic Charities.I love hearing Pedge talk about Sehla, her experiences as a refugee, about how she responds to her new American life and their burgeoning friendship. I count on Pedge, maybe too much, to make friends and share them with me, so I'd been asking her to take me to meet her for weeks."I … [Read more...]

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