Why Do We Love a Good Fire in the Fireplace?

My first fire in the fireplace of our Pasadena home

Need to relax? Sit by a crackling fire! [Read more...]

The Importance of Family Farming

The Curator (which has a new look!) published an interesting little piece on the trend toward transparency in food systems and the importance of a very old institution: We should be encouraged to note that a people-based food system isn’t just a trend; it’s the model by which most of the world’s food is grown. Family [Read More...]

What Happy People Do

I know happiness itself is a much-debated topic in Christian circles (should we seek happiness or joy? and so on). But I did find this article on “seven habits of incredibly happy people” very interesting: 5. Embrace Discomfort for Mastery Happy people generally have something known as a “signature strength” — At least one thing [Read More...]

Must Read on the Subject of Depression from a Wise, Christian Perspective

Dr. Dan Blazer speaking at Laity Lodge

In light of the tragic death of Matthew Warren, son of Rick and Kay Warren, Christians are talking about depression as never before. This is a crucial conversation, one for which we need ample wisdom. Such wisdom is available from Christianity Today, whose recent cover story focuses on “The Depression Epidemic.” The writer of this [Read More...]


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