If My Wings Should Fail Me

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I'm back among the living after a week down with the flu. Not a 24 hour flu bug type thing: actual influenza. Think sharp knives stabbing your chest every time you cough (which is, let's just say, often) chills, all-over body aches and general awfulness. And then my husband and one of the kids got it, and well... all downhill from there. But like I said--I'm back among the living today, newly aware of the fragile state of life embodied.  It doesn't take much to lay us flat. And at all … [Read more...]

Grace and Grammys: These Kids Today

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Several years ago, I made a disparaging comment about Justin Timberlake and the quality of his actual talent (or lack thereof) in relation to the enthusiasm of his disciples. I don't remember what all I said, but it had something to do with Britney Spears, the Mickey Mouse Club, and the boy band phenomenon that plaguing 'this generation of musicians.' My brother's best friend, Josh, totally called me out. "You need to open your mind and listen again," he said. "Because he is a total badass. … [Read more...]

A Song and a Prayer: The Holy Week Playlist

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Throughout the season of Advent,  Christmas music (for better or worse) blares at us everywhere we go. That means, for those of us who preach/lead worship/make church happen, we stay in a nearly constant state of season-mindfulness. Whether we like it or not. No matter where we are or what we are doing, we cannot escape the fact that Christmas is coming. The season of Lent has not quite seeped into secular culture in the same saturating way. Where is the soundtrack for Holy Week? How are … [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 … [Read more...]

Advent Week 1, Day 4

For your listening pleasure, an Advent song (no, really!) that encompasses all the hope, the dwindling darkness, and the anguished beauty of the season. Thanks, Emmylou. "There's a Light" Really, just do yourself a favor and download the album, “Light of the Stable.” The whole thing is flat-out fabulous. Worlds better than Celine… Sometimes, it just takes a country girl.   … [Read more...]

“The Help:” Prophets Major and Minor

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Wow, this is going to be a great book. Sorry family, you will be microwaving your own dinner tonight, mama is reading. Wow, that was an awesome book! If I know you, I’m going to make you read it. I kind of want to read that again. I really wish I’d written that myself… This is the 5-stage journey of a really excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s, “The Help” took me through every one of them when I first read it, with an extra twisty 6th step thrown in the middle. The … [Read more...]


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