If-i-sodes

I'm almost a week late in getting to this post, but it must be said: The Grey's Anatomy "What if?" episode was brilliant. It was not just a surface level glance at the vagaries of fate--this was an in-depth look at the many layers of our connections, our journeys, and the seemingly small decisions that affect not just our own lives, but profoundly shape the lives of those around us. Was it as fun to watch as the Friends  similar journey in "The One That Might Have Been?" No. But, it packed some s … [Read more...]

A Profound and Prophetic Response

BOYCOTT JCPENNEY! WE DON"T WANT TO THINK ABOUT GAY PEOPLE WHEN WE"RE SHOPPING FOR OUR MOM JEANS!STOP FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD! WE DON"T WANT TO THINK ABOUT POOR WOMEN WHILE WE RUN TO SAVE THE WORLD!TAKE THE LOWE"S AD OFF THE MUSLIM PROGRAMMING! WE DON"T WANT TO THINK ABOUT...WE DON"T WANT TO THINK ABOUT--well, anything at all--WHILE WE ARE RECAULKING OUR TOILETS!!*VOTE FOR NEWT!-- "IF THEY"RE GOING TO DIE, THEY"D BETTER DO IT--AND DECREASE THE SURPLUS POPULATION..."Yes, some of our … [Read more...]

Why “Stay-Home-Dad” and “Mr Mom” are Not the Same Thing

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Well. If I thought that telling people I was a minister could elicit a "does-not-compute" expression, imagine the gazes that accompany the latest addendum to the conversation:"...and what does your husband do?""well, he recently quit his job to stay home with the kids."buzzing, clicking, whirring noises. Still processing the chick-preacher component..."Oh, that's wonderful!"And you know, most people really, truly mean it. Once they get over the initial shock, that is. Most p … [Read more...]

Showing Up

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I can think of many movies that i love, but my all-time favorite has to be Forrest Gump. Call me a conformist (because that's everybody's favorite movie) but really, what's not to love? A hero you can root for; a tragic heroine; the backdrop of Americana; an epic journey; a satisfying, full-circle kind of ending; and a fabulous soundtrack to accent the whole of it.One of my favorite parts of that movie is where Forrest and Leiutenant Dan are on the shrimping boat, and the nets are, shall we s … [Read more...]

Mistress of My Own Domain

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Well...I didn't mean to take a month-long hiatus from blogging, but sometimes, life happens. Thing is, writing is alot like exercise. What begins as, say, a week-long break turns into a month and then 6 months before you know it...because both writing and movement that demand this thing called momentum... and well, once you've lost it, it feels almost impossible to start again. There's a part of your brain that sort of turns itself off, so that what once felt natural, rhythmic, almost … [Read more...]

Who Comes This Night, Take 2!

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As promised earlier today  ("To Welcome in the Stranger")  here's another take of  "Who Comes this Night," performed by my brother Chris. Under the video is a link to check out his blog for the music business he shares with his wife. Happy listening.Mockingbird Musicians, Nashville  … [Read more...]

To Welcome in the Stranger

Oh, the lovely and wonderful things that they don't play on the radio. In the endless loop of holly jolly reindeer rock--and Celine Dion, of course--we miss out on alot of really beautiful and even prophetic music.James Taylor's "Who Comes This Night" has become a seasonal fave of mine, and i've never once heard it on the radio. Probably because it has little to do with creating a warm, fuzzy, insular Christmas feeling for ones own, and everything to do with welcoming the stranger and … [Read more...]

Week 4: Welcome

It was dark. Rainy. Cold. I'd been in the car for about 12 hours. Alone. Intermittent radio signal through the West Virginia Mountains, nothing but wheezing preachers and country (not the good kind) for much of Virginia, over an HOUR sitting still on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge because i lacked the foresight to plan around rush hour. Now I was within a mile of my friend's house, i just knew that i had to be--but i'd been in circles for about 20 minutes, unable to read road signs through the dark … [Read more...]

Ready: Week 3, Day 3

I took a self-care day today. That means, took the kids to a baby sitter, got a massage, got my hair done, had lunch, did some light shopping, generally piddled about. In the course of this day, i encountered stylists, receptionists, check-out personnel, waitresses...you know the scene. So let's say in the course of this day, no less than 5 people asked me if i was ready for the holidays. The drill is supposed to go something like this: "Are you ready for the holidays?" "Are you kidding me?? I … [Read more...]


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