Life Out There: Celebrating 5 Years of Patheos

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As a writer, I live 'in here,' in my head much of the time. As a faith leader, I live ‘out’ in the world, and up in front of a big community much of the time. ‘In here’ and ‘out there’ are two scary places to be sometimes.  This is why I started blogging.It is easy to feel isolated with one’s own thoughts. Especially if some of those thoughts are doubts about faith, or critiques of the Church, and one is supposed to be a leader in said faith/Church. But doubts and critiques are exactly what m … [Read more...]

The Tenth Day of Christmas: Elf Hats, Broken Candles, and Leftover S’Mores

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I'm staring at a blinking cursor on a blank white screen, and wondering why it is so hard to make a beginning. I haven't preached or blogged in nearly two weeks. You'd think i would be just FULL of good news, articulate responses to world events, and witty observations of human behavior. Well, I may be full of something, but today, it is neither wit nor wisdom.On the contrary, writing is like excercise. The more you do it, the easier it is. Fall out for a few days, and it seems nearly … [Read more...]

Scent of the Sacred

Best smells for the soul:fresh lavender. or basil. cut christmas tree. my favorite leather jacket. library books. my kids, just out of the bath. laundry. an old church fellowship hall. morning coffee. my husband's t-shirt. just-blown-out birthday candles. honeysuckle in the kentucky springtime. rain in the desert, anytime. onions cooking in olive oil. bread baking. (baking anything). tobacco hanging in my grandparents' barn.I love to go for a walk about 30 minutes before dark. Partly because … [Read more...]

Thin Places: Sanctuary

I love Halloween.Seriously, when else do you get to be a rockstar-gypsy-cowgirl AND eat lots of candy? Ok, maybe i do that every day, but still. On Halloween, it's FESTIVE. And there are decorations, and the candy-calories don't count (as everybody knows). And this year, i had the joy of trick-or-treating with my kids, on the first year they were big enough to really get it. And there is nothing like watching them march up to the door with the big kids and take their place in the order of … [Read more...]

Cut and Paste

I've had a startling revelation--I'm conservative.At least, the elements of my life reflect conservative values. I am married to a partner of opposite sex. He is my first spouse, and the father of both our children. We have 2.5 kids--meaning, two kids and a really sweet dog. We have very little debt. Heck, we don't even have a car payment. We don't have cable. One parent stays home with the children full-time. We do not let our kids watch inapproprate television, nor do we expose them to music … [Read more...]

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...]

50 Shades of “Seriously?”

Speaking of porn... (yes, we were. yesterday, remember?)Alright, you know i'm all for equality. Most porn is made and marketed for (and by) men. So, maybe we should count this as one more industry where we'd like to see women represented in leadership (and not just, you know, on camera). Before you holler at me, I said maybe. MAYBE a erotica market by and for women would take some of the objectification/dehumanization/degradation/abusive behaviors out of the industry and start to make it...i … [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...]

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...]


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