A Primer for New Life: Painting Over Pastels

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I have waited years for this.When i came to Foothills--nearly 6 years ago--i looked around and saw some things that needed doing. And i saw some things that needed changing. Some of them were tangible, physical things--like the purple and turquoise walls in the sanctuary, the aging carpet, and the website. Other areas of concern had to do with infrastructure--the death-by-committee organization that is killing so many mainline churches, and the hit-or-miss quality of worship (including the … [Read more...]

Road-Trippy Soul Food

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I know, I  know, it's been almost 2 weeks since I've written anything. Nearly a week since I've had any real exercise. Several days since I spent any real time in prayerful meditation. But I am being faithful in at least one discipline this Lenten season--no fast food!  Since breakfast is the hardest time of day for me to 'just say no' to the drive thru, i'm doing an installation of The English Major Diet, reminding myself that the best breakfast on the planet does not come in paper wr … [Read more...]

Outlived and Outgrown

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While perusing a Pottery Barn catalogue the other day, i came across this picture.Now, i will admit, for all that i think the Pottery Barn embodies all-that-is-wrong-with-America, a not-so-small part of my brain went "OOOooooo, pretty!" But an even larger part of my brain sort of lauged out loud...this is supposed to be a CLOSET y'all. Not only is it bigger (and way fancier) than my whole bedroom, but really...whose stuff looks like that? Where are the gym clothes and the mismatched socks? … [Read more...]

Fishing for Real Food

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I may talk a big game about simple, fresh and local in my English Major Diet posts. But you know, I am a sucker for McDonald's breakfast. Really, it's their coffee that keeps me coming back to the drive-thru. I hate Starbucks (unless it's for a froo-froo-espresso drink) and it seems like all the smaller and independent coffee places are trying to mimic their motor-oil morning brew. So, for all that I've never been much on fast-food, I stop at McDonald's for coffee, and all of a sudden a bre … [Read more...]

The English Major Diet: Valentine’s Day Edition

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Like many of you, I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. I'm all for telling our loved ones that they are...well, loved. But needing a special day to do it is kind of like needing New Year's to make a resolution. Mostly, the whole day is a commercialized fiasco that wastes a bunch of paper, feeds kids too much sugar, and makes single people feel like they are missing something. All the while, real and lasting love dissolves into Hallmark processed cheese, and all the sparkly princess … [Read more...]

Day 2.5; New Mexico

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Continuing with my English Major Diet, wherein the narrative matters as much as the food...Like i was saying yesterday, hard to believe that i had 2 of the best meals ever on the same day, but travel is like that sometimes. Of course, travel food is hit or miss. It can be the best thing ever, or it can be a string of bad chains that stretches all across the country.It was day 3 of our drive/move from Kentucky to Arizona. We were getting to the good stuff--western New Mexico starts to … [Read more...]

Day 2; Burgers, Burritos and Beginnings

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Ok, so we start. Read back a day if you want to know why i'm recounting the best meals i ever ate. Basically, I figure that reflecting on the divine dining experience will keep me from eating crap like, you know, cheeseburgers.So why am i starting my 'best meals ever' series with a cheeseburger? Stay with me.I have been a Route 66 nerd for however long...a long time. When i graduated from seminary my sweet (then new-ish) husband bought me a road trip guide and an old set of maps … [Read more...]

The English Major Diet: Day 1

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Alright, y'all. It is ON. As I've mentioned before, the breastfeeding diet was good to me for nearly 2 years of my life, (though they were not consecutive years) meaning I ate whatever I wanted and still lost the baby weight. And then lost a little extra. The pregnancy diet--also a considerable portion of the last few years of my life--was also good to me. I ate lots of friut, I watched my sodium and processed food intake...but i did enjoy a few (dozen) Oreos from time to time, and still gained w … [Read more...]

The Faulty Filter

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I don't understand much about phishing scams, or how the low-lives who run them turn a profit, or why the whole scene is named after a pretty great band. But I do know that my officeLive account has been vulnerable to attacks on numerous occasion, and every time it happens, i get more and more junk. I also know that i can mark something as 'junk mail,' and it still finds a way to creep into my inbox. The 'senders' always manage to find someway to disguise the source just enough so that my … [Read more...]


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