The more things change…

 A few observations:(1) This was the last time I let my hair go wild and free, Jew-fro style, until I kicked my blow-drying addiction last summer.(2) Those Levis look as though they might fall right off of me.(3) The yearbook photog caught me in an unfortunate sneer, but I was smiling on the inside. Seriously.(4) I was giving a speech about Jesus and the Passover. I didn't know a whole lot about either one, but I was pretty darn excited as a Jewish person to tell my classmates … [Read more...]

Parents, you can not predict the future. You know that, right?

I had one of those time-transcending moments last night in a warehouse in Chicago.Travel back in time with me for a moment, to 1995. My thee children, then ages 12, 10 and 9 and I have started another typical home school day. Breakfast, a few chores, prayer, then the day's instructions, which invariably included a few minutes of journaling. Their journals were the one school assignment they had each day where I didn't have to bust out the green or purple pen to correct mistakes. (I rarely used … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 3

I’m blogging through Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven’t read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you’re facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Click here to read the introduction to the series.Click here to read my post about Chapter 1.Click here to read my post about Chapter 2. * * * * * * * Chapter 3 is entitled "The First Half of Life". Father Rohr beg … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 2

I’m blogging through Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven't read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you're facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Click here to read the introduction to the series.Click here to read about Chapter 1. * * * * * * * With a great big nod to Joseph Campbell, Chapter 2 opens with a review of the arc of the hero's journey: The hero is … [Read more...]

Book review: Noah Primeval

We've turned a story of a flesh-and-blood man standing apart from his own decaying culture into a nursery decoration.Brian Godawa has torn the cutesy pastel version of the Noah story off of the nursery wall in an attempt to help modern-day readers remember that Noah and his family were three dimensional people struggling to live counter-cultural, obedient lives in the years leading up to the flood. Noah Primeval: Chronicles of the Nephiliim (Embedded Pictures Publishing, 2011) is definitely … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 1

I'm blogging through Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Click here to read the first post in the series.In the first chapter of his book, Father Rohr seeks to help his readers understand the nature of those two halves of life. If the first half of life is to create a container for our life that answers questions of identity, security and relationship, the second half of life is a journey toward learning "what the container is meant to hold and … [Read more...]

Falling Upward – Introduction

There are some books that demand a re-reading, even before you've finished reading the book the first time through. I believe Father Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Jossey-Bass, 2011) is such a book.Rohr, a Franciscan priest and internationally-known author and speaker who may perhaps be best known for his groundbreaking book A Christian Perspective on the Enneagram, offers readers a deep, shimmering and sometimes-upending perspective on the spiritual … [Read more...]


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