The Fire This Time

I’m doing this really interesting thing with a Catholic lady writer friend, where we are consecrating our creativity to Mary over a period of 30 days. We offer our “fiat” to God, to use us and our writing to speak His word into the world. So naturally today is day 1 and I wake up [Read More…]

Trying to Say God Through Bodies: A Postmortem

It was the perfect time to drive to Notre Dame. There are a few weeks in June in Indiana where all is right in the world. The corn, not yet knee high, cast a lush green over the vast expanse driving on 31 between my home on the north-side of Indianapolis and South Bend. Fluffy, [Read More…]

Jordan Edwards: But the People Just Stood Around

We the faithful could do with something. The silence from the Church in the face of wide-spread systemic racism is deafening. [Read more…]

In Praise of Transfigured Flesh

This morning I burned my hair on the curling iron. I’ve been using a curling iron my whole life, but today I somehow managed to lose almost an entire lock of hair to the hissing, smoking, smell of death that is human hair burning. I am a disaster, but nothing if not honest. When you [Read More…]

Your Body Is More Important Than Your House: Thoughts on House and Body Keeping

  We had just finished dinner and the kitchen was a mess. I love to cook, but I hate to clean up after. Thankfully its getting warmer again, the longer days and higher temps a lifeline to parents of young children. Atticus took the kids to the backyard so they could get filthy while he [Read More…]

Mother's Day Thoughts From a Motherless Daughter

It seems like I write a post about Mother’s Day every single year. Mostly, I think this is because I find myself blindsided by it every single year. My mother’s been gone for 24 years and this will be my sixth (!!) Mother’s Day as a mother myself. Yet every year around the first week [Read More…]

Riots are the Voice of the Unheard: Thoughts on Baltimore

I went to college in Maryland, and while I now live in the mid-west, I have many friends and connections in the DC metro area, including Baltimore. My perception of Baltimore may be somewhat different from others, since I’ve only been there a handful of times and when I was there, did one of two [Read More…]

An Easter Post

Oh, Death! Where is your sting? Oh, Hell! Where is your victory? Oh, Church! Come stand in the light, the glory of God has defeated the night! A picture is worth a thousand words. Someday, we will have holiday photos with 3 out of 3 children looking at the camera or maybe even smiling. Dream [Read More…]

A Love Story: Part 1

Part I “And what you thought you came for Is only a shell, a husk of meaning From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled If at all. Either you had no purpose Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured And is altered in fulfillment.”   –TS Eliot This is a love [Read More…]

A Prayer for Moving to a New House. With Small Kids. {A Guest Post by Laura}

Laura of Mothering Spirit is one of my “writing role models”. I love everything about the way she tells her story and listens intently to the stories and voices of others. And she’s a Domer, so that’s awesome. As I sit here, having come only a few hours ago from handing over the keys of [Read More…]