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...]

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...]

Cloudy Skies and Ivy


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

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...]

Beyond School Spirit: When Love is the Only Reason to Play


My son's last soccer game was this weekend. It's a league of 12-15 year olds who did not start playing soccer at the age of two, or perhaps they did and had little talent for it, or perhaps they're quite good, but get little play on the school team because soccer has become one of the most competitive and populous sports of middle class suburbia.The team plays "academy style," splitting into two groups at the start of each game to compete against each other, half of them donning a yellow … [Read more...]

Wounded Survivors and Invasive Species


So I've been doing the research, the reading, the prayers, the experimental living, and I've come to the conclusion that this is going to be OK if I just live for my kids and my husband and try to make a happy life for them.Sometimes you're thinking about petting the dog, but you know that if you do, you're hands will stink, and you'll get fur all over your clothes, but to heck with it. You might as well go for it, and enjoy the dog, because when he's happy, he's not chewing up your shoes, … [Read more...]

Oh, Eden!

  “You are exactly where you need to be. You chose correctly. There is nothing better than what God has given you: your family, your kids, your home. There is NOTHING better. Your life is Eden, and the Devil loves to make you think there is something more. That’s how he tempted Eve, and how Eve lost paradise.” Photo Essay Here … [Read more...]