Wherein I Decline to Support Cancer

So, after i wrote a lovely blog post about neighborhood evangelism (See post http://irreverin.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/do-i-have-something-in-my-teeth/) i went to the grocery store across the street to pick up lunch. The same store where i go for intentional people-watching, neighbor-meeting and stranger greeting. I walked in all open to the spirit--then i promplty left, annoyed at the one person who tried to speak to me.Here's why. When i walked in the door, she was set up at a folding table w … [Read more...]

Do I Have Something in My Teeth?

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On an Alaskan cruise a couple of years ago, (let me say here, we learned that we are more free range travelers than cruise people--but that is not really pertinent to the story) i was eating lunch with an elderly couple. Jeremy was in the room struggling with a nasty bout of vertigo, and while this was not a formal "assigned seating" kind of cruise, these folks graciously asked me to join them. I don't remember where they were from, or their names, or really anything about them, other than that … [Read more...]

An Abundance of Sunshine

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My husband and i were visiting Phoenix for the first time. It was exactly 5 years ago this month, and i came to town to interview with the Foothills search committee. They flew him out too, which told me a couple of things about this church, where i am still blessed to serve. 1--they were pretty interested in calling me as their pastor, based on the phone interview. 2--they were ready to start making some concrete decisions and get moving toward their future. 3--they understood that my spouse pl … [Read more...]

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...]


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