Tomato, To-mah-to…

Well, about this time every year, i commence whining. About the miserable desert heat, about the astronomical utility bill, about the utter lack of lightning bugs to bring an element of joy to sweltering summer nights... and maybe, most of all, about the fruitless (ha ha) search for a good tomato in the desert.Growing up in Kentucky, i was spoiled. Every May-August or so, I could go to the farmer's market, i could count on gifts from friends' gardens, i could even find beautiful local tomatoes … [Read more...]

A Glimpse of Things to Come

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AZ summer + small children means rising in the 5-5:30AM range with the sun. If you are a parent who does anything with your kid at that hour other than turn on the t.v.--then you're a liar.The other day i turned on the last few minutes of a "Full House" rerun, before "Max and Ruby." (That's right. My kid gets up so early that there aren't even cartoons on Nickelodeon yet. She's up with the insomniacs and third-shift convenience store workers who are just coming home with their breakfast of … [Read more...]

Good Judgement (not an oxymoron)

It's hard teaching a 2-year-old how to share. Can i get an amen? The mantra at our house lately has been, "don't take things away from baby brother...it makes him sad." MIGHT be starting to sink in a bit.The other day i was getting dressed for the day, and heard the unmistakable sound of a baby playing with a plastic bag. (Parents of the Year, people! Right here!)  I hurried toward the sound to intervene...and came into the room to find that the "big" kid (the 2-year-old) had already c … [Read more...]

Half-Baked

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I'm not much of a romantic. I don't, for instance, remember important dates like my first date with my husband. I know it was late-May-ish, and i know that it was 10 years ago. Suddenly, today, i turn the page to June, and realize that we've missed our 10-year date-iversary. I may not be a romantic. But, that kind of bums me out. (Luckily, he is not such a romantic either, so neither of us is in trouble...)Since we didn't get to go on a special date to mark the day(ish), I'll do a blog-world … [Read more...]

The Gospel of Weaver’s

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Hot dogs can preach. True story.There's a place on Main Street in London Kentucky—less than a block from First Christian Church—called Weaver’s Hot dogs. Lovingly referred to by locals as “Drew’s,” it started when the Weaver family bought the local pool hall in 1940 and started serving chili dogs… with chili made in the family home and carried to the place each morning. Over the years it evolved into a restaurant, the kind of place that has “regulars” and “a breakfast crowd”—meaning the retir … [Read more...]

The New 60 Seconds

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The main characters (in a pretty rotten and forgettable movie) are having the classic "If the house was on fire and you had 60 seconds, what would you save?" conversation. The movie is so boring, i don't pay any attention to their responses. My mind is already wandering here: in my experience, when that question comes up in an icebreaker situation, there is one overwhelmingly unanimous answer: "Pictures!" people reply, without hesitation. It seems to me, though, that our ready-made answer no … [Read more...]

Elsewhere

The last time i preached a sermon on the 23rd Psalm, it was rotten. To those who heard it, it was probably just bland and forgettable, but to me, upon reflection, it went nowhere, and offered little good news. It was years ago and i don't even remember what it said, so why am i sure that it was a crummy sermon?Because even now, when i reflect on peace, it is a broad and sweeping ideal that covers everything from lying on a beach with an umbrella drink (yes, please) to ending the conflict in … [Read more...]

The New Time Out

peace-pole

“The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.”  http://www.peacepoles.com/Wh … [Read more...]

Gaga Gospel

I'm sitting in my office, doing the Holy Week Hustle--the painful and sacred dance that church leaders learn while simultaneously planning services for Good Friday and Easter. All the awkwardness of dancing at prom, with the joy of dancing at a wedding and the pain of the morning AFTER dancing at said wedding, realizing that you are far too old and out of shape to dance for hours in 3-inch-heels. It's that kind of dance.So, here i am, trying to get into a dark and twisty (thanks, Drs. Grey and … [Read more...]


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