This is Annie. And Romeo. I mean, can you even stand it??

5 years ago, my friends Mark and Kara said their vows on a beautiful beach in Mexico, at sunset.  And I got to witness it. On that same trip—stop me if you’ve heard it—I jumped off of a burning boat, 6 months pregnant, and made a swim for it in the ocean. (If you haven’t heard it—post for another day.) Luckily, my peril at sea was not a cosmic sign re: my friends’ impending nuptials. Far from perilous, their 5 years of marriage has been blissfully filled with love and laughter. (In fact, they mig … [Read more...]

The Missing Flag

So, I know this guy, and he's pretty amazing. I wish I could give you a long bio and a pic to go with this wonderful post, but he isn't ready to be quite so 'out' yet, and I respect that. Here's all you need to know: he is exceptionally bright, faithful, and compassionate. And he is 19 years old. Read on. With a tissue probably.This week, three million young people gathered  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to celebrate their faith with the most visible representative of that faith, the Pope. They … [Read more...]

Parking, Free for All (?)

no parking

My church shares space with a secular preschool. It is a WONDERFUl school. As far as I know, it is the only co-op program in the valley. The parents camp out overnight for registration--I kid you not, like it's Springsteen tickets--just to make sure their kids get in. It fosters a wonderful, warm sense of community in the 'it takes a village' sort of sense. They are great neighbors to have, not to mention, they have been a priceless asset to me as a mother of young children.That said--I WISH … [Read more...]

Evolving Faith

My favorite dinosaurs live in California. They are about 40 years old. Not 40 million. Just 40.

Designers of the 'Ark Encounter' theme park in Hebron, Kentucky want park-goers to have an authentic experience of biblical events. They want to literally "bring to life" the boarding of the ark, the fall of Babel, and the horror of the plagues.After all, what brings people into close encounter with the Holy better than amusement park rides, corn dogs, and souvenirs reading "I survived 10 plagues and all I got was this lousy t-shirt?"Ok, the shirt design is mine (somebody copyright … [Read more...]

On Enjoying the Show


I remember when dance recital week was the busiest/most stressful week of the year. I didn't eat much in the month leading up to the show because somewhere, along the way, I'd picked up on the memo that real dancers didn't eat. Don't worry, i didn't have the discipline and/or self-loathing to maintain 'recital diet' for the whole year. Still--much of the fatigue I recall attached to that season was probably due to some really practical factors like low blood sugar... Still and all, it was a … [Read more...]

In Season


It's fixin to be June in Phoenix. Lord help us...Some of you know that I’m kind of a snob about tomatoes. I mean, I LOVE tomatoes…But by ‘tomato,’ I do not mean those things that come out of a California hot house in January. That is NOT a tomato.But I can rhapsodize about a real tomato all day long—and the perfect BLT that I make when, on the rarest of occasions, I can lay hands on an actual tomato in the desert. My 4-year-old daughter loves tomatoes too. In fact, she frequently asks for … [Read more...]

My Ordinnaversary


Nine years ago—this weekend exactly—I was ordained to Christian ministry. I remember a few things about that day; I remember that the church ladies who raised me put together a wonderfully warm and abundant reception; I remember the many people who drove some miles to be with me for the occasion; I remember the robe being placed on my shoulders and the hands being laid upon my head, shoulders and back; I recall feeling surrounded by blessing, strength, and a very real sense of the Holy Spirit mov … [Read more...]

Joy in the Morning. Again.


           Dear God,                   What the hell…??                   Thanks in advance for your quick reply.            Sincerely, Those of us who spend our days telling everybody how good you are.If you wake up with this prayer on your heart on a day like today, you are not alone. Nor are you unfaithful, a heathen, a blasphemer, or a heretic.  In fact, if you are a person who goes around with all-things-Holy on the brain, most of the time, it is only natural that God is the … [Read more...]

Rootless and Wandering

If you ever wonder what pastors talk about when we get together, the topics are, in no particular order:-Church people. I mean, we don't spill pastoral confidences, but we definitely talk about our people. It's mostly good news. Mostly...-Sermons; process, upcoming themes, recent triumphs and epic disasters.-Kids (if we have kids) and how we balance the parent and pastor acts. (The answer is: just barely, most days).-Which new tv show/band/book series has THEOLOGICAL SUBTEXT. We … [Read more...]