An Invitation to Curiosity

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“All my childhood, I told my parents that I wanted to grow up and live in a big city. And all my childhood, my parents responded with, ‘No you don’t. You’d hate living in a big city because driving is terrible and there are too many people and big cities are too crowded.’ Just once, I [Read More...]

Introducing Hill Country Hill Tribers (And a giveaway for Mother’s Day!)

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I’m so excited to have Jessica Goudeau here today sharing about one of my favorite organizations (and Etsy shops!) around. Half of the Christmas presents I gave this past year came from the women of Hill Country Hill Tribers. And I’m thrilled to let Jessica share with you about their story, just in time for [Read More...]

Thankful Tuesday, from a soup kitchen

I’m writing from a soup kitchen in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Here there are big rooms packed with rickety bunk beds (some of them piled three high!) on the second and third floors. The soup kitchen is on the first floor. There are around 150 high school students staying here with me and [Read More...]

Dirty House Thankful

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  Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He has done for me. (Psalm 66:14) For the prayer book I’ve been following for the past few weeks (The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime by Phyllis Tickle) and its collection of scripture that keeps sticking in my head. Like [Read More...]

{Practicing Benedict} Receiving Guests, Receiving Christ

“Any guest who happens to arrive at the monastery should be received as we would receive Christ himself, because he promised that on the last day he will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me… As soon as the arrival of a guest is announced, the superior and members of the community should [Read More...]

{Practicing Benedict} A post about monks and errands and eating

“Any who are sent on an errand which will allow them to return to the monastery on the same day must not eat outside, in spite of pressing invitations whatever their source, unless the superior has approved this..” (The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 51) Oh, the errands! There are the errands and the falling [Read More...]

{Practicing Benedict} The greatest possible concern

“As for the abbot or abbess, they must show the greatest possible concern with great wisdom and perseverance to avoid losing any one of the sheep committed to their care. They should be well aware that they have undertaken an office which is more like the care of the sick than the exercise of power [Read More...]

It’s Halloween, y’all!

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And in honor of Halloween, I’m re-posting what I wrote last year, “Why I believe in Halloween.”   Though I was raised evangelical and can speak Christianese with the best of them, I doubt I’m anyone’s Evangelical Mother of the Year, especially when it comes to all the big things on the Christian no-no list. [Read More...]

How we can help Joplin…

No new thoughts today, friends. But I wanted to point you toward this post at wearethatfamily.com. Over there, Kristen gives a wonderful list of ways we can support those whose lives have been devastated by the tornado this past weekend. Please take a look at her list: http://wearethatfamily.com/2011/05/wfmw-how-you-can-help-joplin/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wearethatfamily%2FGaiB+%28We+are+THAT+Family%29 [Read more...]

Community Thankful

It’s Thankful Tuesday, that lovely day when we all stop to remind ourselves that there are some wonderful things in our lives, even if our kid pooped in his underwear again. (Hypothetically, of course.) I’m been thinking about community a lot lately, about the sweetness of the life we have here in San Francisco and [Read More...]