Bitter|Sweet 2014

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I'm a sucker for all the year-in-review lists that pop up at this time of year. I'll read with glee those wry month-by-month summaries of the past year like Dave Barry's annual column, or those annual lists of the worst movies of the year (or ever made, which will no doubt be rejiggered to include this stinker). Maybe it's because as the calendar year winds down we're all prone to a bit of reflection before we dive head-first into our regularly-scheduled lives again. Or maybe it's because I like … [Read more...]

The Absurdity Of The Incarnation

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I was contracted to write a small Advent prayer booklet at the beginning of this year. I've done a good measure of devotional writing over the years, and rarely expect to hear from those reading the words I've penned. My job is to behold Jesus, then share using imperfect, broken words what I've witnessed. I pray those reading my words get a glimpse of what I've seen without too much Michelle getting in the way.Shortly before Thanksgiving, I brought copies of the booklet to share with the … [Read more...]

Shining The Light

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When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” – Luke 2:22-24 At this time of year, the religious Christian community celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. My family and I have always … [Read more...]

1938 Menu Hacks

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I've always loved reading old cook books. My mom hated to cook, so our weeknight dinners when I was growing up were usually broiled steaks with iceberg lettuce salads and Green Giant frozen vegetables in rotation with Chinese take-out, McDonald's, or pizza. Long before I was first introduced to cooking in my middle school Home Economics classes, I was reading recipes in the Good Housekeeping magazine that arrived in our mailbox each month. We had a few mostly-unused cookbooks on a shelf in our … [Read more...]

Holiday Traditions, Under Construction

When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the next generation… at least this year. We work hard to create and maintain family traditions, especially around the holidays. This season is thick with memory – recalling every gingersnap, stocking, visit of Christmases past – as well a … [Read more...]

Mona Lisa In A Plastic Orange Frame

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He told them a story. Then he told them another one."The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed," he said. "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast kneaded into dough."Jesus told them stories meant to help their souls awaken to the life to which he came to invite them. He told them stories that held up a mirror that allowed them an unfiltered look at who some of them really were, instead of who they pretended to be.I've been thinking about the way in which we tell stories about God to … [Read more...]

Q & A With Jennifer Grant, Author Of Wholehearted Living

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The last thing a busy mom needs is another thing to do. But what if adding a wee slice of spiritual self-care to your day becomes the kind of "one more thing" that can help you begin taking other, less important things off of your plate?My sage friend Jennifer Grant has written a daybook of 365 brief meditations called Wholehearted Living: Five Minute Reflections For Modern Moms (Loyola Press, 2014) that is designed to help you think beyond the daily urgent to what matters most. Here's what I … [Read more...]


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