Good Stuff

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How do we develop a taste for good things? Is it an acquired taste, cultivated by careful nurture? Or are some of us just born with a hunger for life that drives us through every transition, challenge and heartache with the promise of good news on the other side? I ask my 3-year-old, "What are your favorite things?" I see wheels turning, and finally she says, "I don't know." (Translation:"I do know, but I don't quite have the words in my 3-year-old sense of self...") So I start … [Read more...]

Unwound

First, confessions of an English major: I was totally thrown off my zen today by my yoga instructor's improper use of the word "invaluable." I could not release the error to its own beautiful truth or whatever, and focus in the present moment. That out of the way--best class ever today. We focused on twists. I'm sure there are fancy yogi terms for twist variations, but to me, all that was lost after invaluable. As far am I'm concerned, we just spent an hour twisting, and it was divine. I have … [Read more...]

Spinach

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When I was pregnant, I could not eat green vegetables. I couldn't stomach the tastes and textures, plus the heartburn that ensued was unbearable. (I often think that nature uses pregnancy to prepare women for motherhood in many ways. Including, perhaps, making us empathetic to a picky toddler's eating habits). So, I ate lots of fruit and took my vitamins, and hoped that God would work out the math on all the fingers and toes that were knitting themselves together inside me. Well, God (and … [Read more...]

S*^! Jesus Says… Or Doesn’t

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I just dropped a book, picked it up, and then proceeded to trip over a bike rack, all in a span of about 7 seconds. And all in public, of course. Yesterday, I got my calendar wires crossed and missed a meeting with someone who drove nearly an hour to see me. Also, I spent most of the day lying on the couch, staring at the ceiling, while my kids played near me/climbed on me/came down from Sunday's sugar high. No, I'm not pregnant. This is just a glimpse of a minister's life the week after … [Read more...]

A Handful of Change

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Recession, re-shmession. I know it's tough out there. I know people have lost jobs and healthcare coverage. I know firsthand that, practically overnight, some of our homes were suddenly worth nothing. Not even what we spent on new landscaping. I know that people have been displaced, heartbroken, cheated, and kicked around in general by the economy these last few years. But people, we spent $1.5 BILLION on lottery tickets this week. You and me. And only 3 of us won. Now, lottery is all … [Read more...]

Louder and Less Polite

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It is not news that people are leaving the Christian faith. Or that, increasingly, they were never a part of it. The staggering numbers of people that identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or "spiritual but not religious" have us career Jesus people in a panic. Will there still be a community of faith in 20 years? In 50? I'm starting to change my mind about the liklihood of a 'yes.' Because in my conversations with people, it is apparent that it isn't God people have stopped believing in. … [Read more...]

Carmelized

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My house rule for cooking: "That's not burned. It's carmelized!" I really, really hate a big ol hunk of raw onion. Period. I don't care if it's in a fresh, beautiful salad, or gracing a perfect burger just off the grill, or garnishing a summer farmer's market feast. A raw onion can ruin anything. A carmelized onion, on the other hand...i challenge you to find me a food that cannot be improved by the onion that has been greased and turned and browned, and loved into perfection. You could … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]


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