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 wr … [Read more...]

Day 2; Burgers, Burritos and Beginnings

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Ok, so we start. Read back a day if you want to know why i'm recounting the best meals i ever ate. Basically, I figure that reflecting on the divine dining experience will keep me from eating crap like, you know, cheeseburgers.So why am i starting my 'best meals ever' series with a cheeseburger? Stay with me.I have been a Route 66 nerd for however long...a long time. When i graduated from seminary my sweet (then new-ish) husband bought me a road trip guide and an old set of maps … [Read more...]

The English Major Diet: Day 1

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Alright, y'all. It is ON. As I've mentioned before, the breastfeeding diet was good to me for nearly 2 years of my life, (though they were not consecutive years) meaning I ate whatever I wanted and still lost the baby weight. And then lost a little extra. The pregnancy diet--also a considerable portion of the last few years of my life--was also good to me. I ate lots of friut, I watched my sodium and processed food intake...but i did enjoy a few (dozen) Oreos from time to time, and still gained w … [Read more...]

The Faulty Filter

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I don't understand much about phishing scams, or how the low-lives who run them turn a profit, or why the whole scene is named after a pretty great band. But I do know that my officeLive account has been vulnerable to attacks on numerous occasion, and every time it happens, i get more and more junk. I also know that i can mark something as 'junk mail,' and it still finds a way to creep into my inbox. The 'senders' always manage to find someway to disguise the source just enough so that my … [Read more...]

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...]


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