Occasionally I share poetry here (either mine or from the public domain, dear copyright people.)  I wrote quite a few poems at one point drawing on my vocation as a librarian, and here’s one. Hopefully, by next week my schedule will have cleared appropriately for prose. Deering Library Entering the cathedral thru well-lit catacombs through silent halls, high stairs, grinning gargoyles, stacked books, grey boxes, wooden carvings, more echoes than words.   In a side chapel a wine press guards… Read more

Whatever else I thought I might post about today, it got elbowed out (I was going to say “trumped” but I find it difficult to use that as a verb anymore) by this article in the Washington Post yesterday: “I am sorry for killing everything: A millennial’s confession.” (It takes its inspiration from this list of things millennials have been accused of killing at Mashable.) The millennial in question, Alexandra Petri, describes—in a pitch-perfect takedown of my generation and the… Read more

Today, the article you should read is over at Christianity Today, called “The Pay Gap is Worse for Pastor-Moms” by Kate Shellnutt. First of all, as someone who just survived an hour’s webinar with 15 evangelical male clergy (I will sometimes cop to being evangelical, but am absolutely not male) who kept repeatedly referring to all other pastors as “guys,” I am thrilled to death that CT put up such an article. Secondly, they make really good points about why churches underpay female… Read more

I am, naturally, grateful that I still have health insurance this morning.  I got a kick out of this tweet someone pointed me to: There’s also a New Yorker cartoon, previously published but re-circulating in response to yesterday’s events, where a woman is sitting in a work meeting composed mostly of men, and has obviously just spoken. The chairman responds, “That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” All of which makes this a good day… Read more

I don’t have much time today (because I’m busy being entrepreneurial) for anything other than a quick thought provoked by the current health-insurance debates raging. (Do debates ever do anything but rage?  Sorry. I promise to not turn this into a linguistics blog.) I had reasons to say both of these things in conversation on social media today: “Philosophically, I’m a Distributist: keep everything as small and local as possible. (The political philosophy of G. K. Chesterton.) Medically, I’m an… Read more

I work from home, so unless I’m on a conference call, I can take a nap where and when I want, without a boss seeing. But would I want to? A recent article in the New York Times makes a case for napping.  Some excellent points, including: Telling people to work on their work-life balance and manage their inbox is not enough: the problem is more structural: the modern workplace is one where people are always stressed, and expect to be stressed…. Read more

As the wife and mother of British citizens and someone who has traveled frequently in the U.K., I get a kick out of BBC.com’s “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week.”  It’s aimed at British expats, not those living in Britain (as I discovered when I tried to share a story about Shetland with my husband’s relatives in Shetland), so maybe that’s why the article Why We Are Different People at Work and at Home uses mainly American examples, and why… Read more

So, if you’ve been reading this blog for long you know I have a lot of jobs. One is as an editor for The High Calling at The Theology of Work Project.  (THC, for a long time, was solely a production of The H. E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas….also known as the people who bring you Laity Lodge, one of the most beautiful places on earth. But I digress.) Anyway, the day-to-day production of THC now happens at TOW, where… Read more

In this interview, the leader of the Moral Mondays movement talks about leading in the public square. Reprinted from Faith&Leadership. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the president of the North Carolina NAACP and architect of the Moral Mondays protest movement, which began in Raleigh in 2013 and has spread across the country. Barber has been engaged in social activism for many years, but he began his rise to national prominence after organizing a 2007 coalition of advocacy… Read more

The chilly relationship between mainline Protestantism and the popular marketplace has become a stable feature of the former’s self-understanding. Reprinted from Faith&Leadership. By Kate Bowler Millions of Americans once tuned in to see Will Willimon preach at the Crystal Cathedral for the “Hour of Power,” one of the most prominent Christian programs at the height of the televangelism era and an icon of modern faith. They watched him ascend one of the most famous pulpits in the country, clear his… Read more

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