Golden Arch

I was at a conference this week.  Which meant i slept in a hotel room, without my kids.Since I moved to the west, I've learned a valuable lesson about travel--always try and get there the day before anything important happens. An '8am' start time does not sound so bad at first glance. But then you remember that, to your body, 8am will really mean 5am, which means getting up at pretty much 4am, and well...it is just good to leave a window for adjustment.Anyway, I got there on the evening be … [Read more...]

The Great American Road Trip

What is it that keeps us moving? What are we looking for?I've wondered about this all my life.  When we've got literally everything we could ever want or need at our fingertips, why do so many of us keep wandering the varied landscape, as if it can tell us some deep and abiding truth of the soul?Maybe because it can...I don't know if i could tell you what that truth is, but i glimpse it every time i travel. Maybe it's because our friends and family (as Harper calls them, "our peoples") … [Read more...]

To Be

I started getting in trouble for my 'to be' verbs in junior AP English. It was my favorite class of my whole school experience, but it was also the point at which i realized i was not the greatest writer of all time. (WHAT???) My teacher, the legendary Mrs. McNulty, would take a red ink pen and circle every be, is and was, leaving the whole thing in a marked-up red mess for my further revision.I didn't really get what the big deal was, until I saw what happened when i had to eliminate those … [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...]

Fishing for Real Food

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I may talk a big game about simple, fresh and local in my English Major Diet posts. But you know, I am a sucker for McDonald's breakfast. Really, it's their coffee that keeps me coming back to the drive-thru. I hate Starbucks (unless it's for a froo-froo-espresso drink) and it seems like all the smaller and independent coffee places are trying to mimic their motor-oil morning brew. So, for all that I've never been much on fast-food, I stop at McDonald's for coffee, and all of a sudden a bre … [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...]

Between Here and There

I'm not crazy, as it turns out. Well, i might be...but i was not crazy to take a 3-year-old on a 3-day road trip adventure by myself. She was so good. Unbelievably good. Practically shining her halo the whole dang time.Until the last hour and a half or so. Then it was meltdown city. And i was driving in the desert, in the dark, and couldn't do much about it.There might be something spiritual and beautiful about driving in the desert at night, but try telling that to a small child who is … [Read more...]

Going Anyway

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When Jeremy and i moved to arizona, we had 5 blissful weeks between the time we put ky in the rear view mirror, and my start date at foothills. We resisted all urges to come straight to phoenix, unpack, find jeremy a job, and be grown-ups. The movers took our stuff to storage (some of which we got back eventually... not recommending that moving company any time soon) and for 5 weeks we were on roam. "You're homeless!" my bff Bridget said. "We're free!" said i.We spent 3 days at a posh resort … [Read more...]


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