Drip, drip, drip goes the sound of mild existential crisis

I have had a case of mild existential despair when it comes to my writing "career" these last months. As if the intense drama surrounding my mom's illness and death in September, the sometimes-Screamin' Eagle ride of young adulthood Van Loon-style, and the exhausting slog of looking for a church home weren't enough to push a person to the edge of a ledge, there has also been the quiet drip-drip-dripping of a faucet in the background.The dripping is the sound of 110,000 words of a really good … [Read more...]

Baby, Baby

A few years ago, we were foster parents with Bethany Christian Services. We did "cradle care" which meant we'd have a newborn or infant living with us while the birthmoms tried to figure out if they were going to keep the baby or give him or her up for adoption. We had five little ones with us over a span of 2 years. Each situation was unique and brought a new story into our lives. One birthmom was older than I was, another was a carnival worker who told me she'd been raped. One baby came to us … [Read more...]

Oh, the places I’ve been!

I love the way 2007 began for Bill and I: the pastor of the church we were attending at the time opened the building and made himself available to share communion with anyone who wanted to stop by on New Year's Eve. The place was lit by candlelight, and he had quiet worship music playing in the background. We stopped by there - the place was almost completely empty - just the pastor and one other person, but God was there, and it seemed just about the best way to end one year and begin a new … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

It is always surprises people when I tell them that when I was growing up, I didn't even know when Christmas was. I wasn't totally clueless - I knew it was a December holiday that generated a lot of cool Christmas cartoons (Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and two local favorites, Suzy Snowflake and those three zany elves, Hardrock, Coco and Joe), but my Jewish parents emphasized that Christmas was their holiday. In my 99% Jewish neighborhood, electric menorahs, not plug-in electric Santas, lit … [Read more...]

Thank you for praying!

Carlos will be receiving his green card within weeks!!! … [Read more...]

Across the divide

This week, Scot McKnight's must-read Jesus Creed blog linked to an excellent Books & Culture article about the lifestage now being dubbed "Emerging Adulthood". This piece offers a more academic spin on what I'm observing in my own kids, in the lives of the emerging adults with whom I interact at work, in the words of blogs and books penned by this demographic, and as I watch and listen to what's going on in our broader culture. It's a somewhat lengthy piece, but well worth your time.I am a … [Read more...]

Addendum to the post below

Blogger! Grrrr!I can't quite figure out why the formatting of the post below is whack-a-doodle. So sorry! … [Read more...]