January 25, 2019

In communities all over the country, food pantries are putting out pleas for more donations. Stock is limited, and resources need to stretch farther during the government shut down. Families that normally get SNAP cannot rely on their benefits being renewed on time. And the families of furloughed federal workers are turning to local charities–like food banks and shelters–to help make ends meet in the meantime. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said yesterday that he “doesn’t quite understand” why people are… Read more

January 20, 2019

Several years ago, there was some egregious display of racism on a college campus. I’m thinking it was somewhere in the south, or possibly Texas? The “where” is not the point. What I remember about that instance is the large public outcry for the students to be expelled. In response, the University President issued a public statement, saying that to be kicked out of school was the LAST thing these students needed. “If we expel these students, what do they… Read more

January 17, 2019

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement… When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.  Let it be said today that Mary Oliver accomplished this mission, and then some. If ever there was a “bride… Read more

January 8, 2019

Your small act of resistance for today: turn off the t.v. As we head into week 3 of the the government shutdown, Trump will address the nation tonight from the Oval Office. We know how this is going to go down. He’s going to talk about crisis at the border, and the urgency with which we need to address it. Of course, he will not address the crisis of children still separated from their parents–or the utter lack of urgency… Read more

January 4, 2019

Let’s get the review portion out of the way: I loved it. My whole family did. We’ve been singing Trip a Little Light Fantastic and A Cover Is Not The Book for days now. This movie is everything a Mary Poppins sequel should be: colorful, joy-filled, and full of surprises. The visuals did not disappoint, either. With all the recent evolution in digital animation, you expect any new Disney creation to overwhelm your expectations, and they nailed it. It had all… Read more

January 3, 2019

Some of my best memories are of time spent in National Parks. When my husband and I moved from Kentucky to Arizona, we hit a lot of the big ones in an epic, 6-week long road trip. Living in the West in our pre-kid years, we were annual pass-holders, and generally made good use of it. Ken Burns’ documentary–National Parks: America’s Best Idea– is aptly named. When the series came out, I watched every episode. Holding my breath, edge of my… Read more

January 2, 2019

It’s the oldest trick in the book—the most evil men in the world surround themselves with other evil men. (And yes, I mean men. Because, while women can be evil, they historically have not had the opportunity to take it to the broadly systemic level that men have achieved). It takes the voices of many powerful people to fully prop up and protect a corrupt regime. No evil dictatorship in the world was ever reliant on a single man’s voice or presence…. Read more

December 31, 2018

A great conundrum: When you write as much as I do, then it is hard to also carve out time for meaningful reading. At the same time— you can’t really write well if you don’t read. Reading other people’s stuff provides necessary inspiration, but at a more practical level: reading is what keeps the great cascade of words flowing through my head. Words are like sand or water pouring from an invisible source; and you need more weight at the… Read more

December 30, 2018

Like any literary or super hero, Jesus needs an origin story. That’s the point of this section in Luke’s gospel: it offers the briefest glimpse of Jesus as a kid. After he was a baby in a manger, but BEFORE he drew crowds on a hillside; before he preached to the masses; before the signs and wonders and healings, Jesus was just a boy. In trouble with his parents. They would have been traveling in a group. Not just Jesus… Read more

December 28, 2018

When I started blogging almost 10(!) years ago, blogging was sort of like an online journal, to be read mostly by your friends and family and possibly members of your local community. Digital communication has evolved immeasurably in the past decade, and with it, expectations about reach, readership, content and style. In the grand scheme of history, web media is probably still in its infancy. But in the context of a single generation, I feel like a lifer in the… Read more

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