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I'm feeling a little out of breath. I'm new to Patheos this week, which means I'm moving from my old blog spot. And while other people have¬†done all the heavy lifting for this move (thanks, Deborah and Hillary!) I still feel like I'm in the middle of a literal re-location. I'm trying to bring with me not just my archives, but also followers, subscribers, and people who 'like' me on Facebook... In other words, it feels like i'm coming in with boxes of important stuff that needs to be organized. … [Read more...]

5:16

something i wrote last weekend in Prescott. remembering that sacred space today, here in the valley, where it will soon be 105 in the shade...5:16That magic mountain minutewhen fall comes whispering around the edges.Chased up from the valleyby unrelenting sun, and shimmering waves of summer,the cool comes creepingand waits for an invitation.The earth sighs relief, and settles to rest,answering but a short, simple 'yes.'Fall comes singing, and rolls back the green,and draws … [Read more...]

Push Pause to Start

It's been 2 months.That's 8 weeks of travel with young children; of shoe melting, hair frizzing heat and humidity; of trying to cram in a visit with every person i've ever known; of meals on the road; of playing tetris with blocks of time; of waking up in the morning to briefly--briefly--wonder where i was that day; of suitcase living, and all the wardrobe crises that implies...Yes, sabbatical is supposed to be a time of rest. But when you are¬†a parent of¬†young children, the reality i … [Read more...]

The Great American Road Trip

What is it that keeps us moving? What are we looking for?I've wondered about this all my life.¬† When we've got literally everything we could ever want or need at our fingertips, why do so many of us keep wandering the varied landscape, as if it can tell us some deep and abiding truth of the soul?Maybe because it can...I don't know if i could tell you what that truth is, but i glimpse it every time i travel. Maybe it's because our friends and family (as Harper calls them, "our peoples") … [Read more...]

To Be

I started getting in trouble for my 'to be' verbs in junior AP English. It was my favorite class of my whole school experience, but it was also the point at which i realized i was not the greatest writer of all time. (WHAT???) My teacher, the legendary Mrs. McNulty, would take a red ink pen and circle every be, is and was, leaving the whole thing in a marked-up red mess for my further revision.I didn't really get what the big deal was, until I saw what happened when i had to eliminate those … [Read more...]

Take a Load Off

Maybe I'm too young to claim The Band¬†as part of the soundtrack to my life.¬† But the death of Levon Helm¬†has¬†me thinking about the first time I heard "The Weight--" or at least the first time¬†i paid attention--and well, i do believe it did some shaping of me that Debbie Gibson, Guns n Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't quite manage.A¬†Coke¬†commercial: A beautiful woman¬†drives a convertible through the desert, with a happy and faithful looking dog. "The Weight" comes through in the backg … [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...]

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...]


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