Continuing the conversation in DC…

My sister and I haven't spent one-on-one time together since we were kids until this week. Thanks to my frequent flyer miles accrued on trips to Israel, I was able to go spend a few days with her just hanging out in her adopted hometown of Washington, DC.When we were growing up, we were often rivals instead of allies. As we entered adulthood, we began talking through our shared childhood experiences - to begin fitting our jigsaw pieces together, to mourn, and, as a sign that growth and healing … [Read more...]

Review: Grumble Hallelujah

I have a running list of all the stuff that is wrong about my life. The list includes everything from "Do I always have to be the one to unload the dishwasher?" to family worries to geopolitical concerns. I am nothing if not an equal-opportunity Eeyore.I think that's why Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira's Grumble Hallelujah: Learning To Love Your Life Even When It Lets You Down (Tyndale, 2011) resonated with me. After a kitchen-floor breakdown she calls her "dark midafternoon of the soul". … [Read more...]

Positive, Encouraging Mean Girl

Kathryn* would have never been ambushed by Clinton and Stacey for an episode of What Not To Wear. Her always-coordinated  outfits always had a bit of a Talbot's catalog vibe to them; her shoulder-length hair was curled, sprayed and nearly pageant-ready every single day. She had the kind of ultra-femme demeanor - a little girl voice plus a helpless and reverential manner - that brought out unusual levels of latent chivalry in many of the men around her.If the women of the church we both … [Read more...]

Found in the back recesses of a file cabinet

A one=page publishing contract for my first play. Play and contract were typed using electric typewriters. Contract is dated October 19, 1983. They bought all rights, and paid me $100 to publish the play.   … [Read more...]

A Labor Day prayer

Creator of all, before the words that transformed work into a a curse, you gave labor to man and woman as a gift full of dignity and meaning. And even after the great rent in the relationship, but immediately before Man and Woman were sent to make their way in the world in pain and sweat, a single sentence tells us that there would be an echo of Eden's  in all the toil  that followed:"Adamnamed his wife Eve,because she would become the mother of all the living." - Gen. 3:20Man named. He'd b … [Read more...]

Sign of our times, Round Lake edition

Based on my July 11 post at the Christianity Today her.meneutics blog entitled "Would Jesus Walk Away From A Mortgage?", you can imagine that this red notice that appeared this morning on my next-door neighbor's front door did not bring joy to my heart. In case you can't read it, it is a final notice of eviction. Since I wrote the post, I have spoke with 5 real estate agents (including one of those dudes that has signs reading "We Buy Your Home!" posted on telephone poles), a real estate lawyer, … [Read more...]

Review: Reluctant Pilgrim

The subtitle this 181-page spiritual memoir is "A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert's Search for Spiritual Community", which perhaps may feel as though the book's cover information gives away the proverbial ranch. But Reluctant Pilgrim (Fresh Air Books, 2010) is far more than the story of a solitude-craving woman's church search.Author Emuna Okoro tells it like it is - whether the "it" is a confessed fondness for designer purses or the confusing cacophony of emotions that spilled out of … [Read more...]


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