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October 22, 2019

A friend mentioned being mindful of all the great art, movies, books made around our most recent turn of the century—and making sure your kids don’t miss them. Which reminded me of two nights ago, when my husband and I introduced Chariots of Fire to my two young adult...

October 17, 2019

You say

Knowing me is wistful

Fleeting

The last, three-minute glow of an autumn sunset.

I’m here

I give it all to you

Tangled

To be sure, but all I have ever felt or will.

My loves,

Hates, tragedies, triumphs,

Hopes, dreams,

Everything I’ve known and want is here in your hands.

Re...

December 13, 2016

I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness..." 

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace

The deepest vocational question is not, "What ought I to do with my life?" but "Who am I? What is my nature?" 

P...

October 26, 2016

The world deadens them.

Or winds them up.

They come in with eyes scared…

Anxious

Sad

Combative

Cold

Unable to focus

Can you help me find what I’m looking for?

My grandfather

Mother

Sister

Best friend…

Said I should.

Recommended.

Loved it.

I need it…

To move from one sort of life to ano...

September 29, 2016

(A Fall TBT, originally published in 2012)

We can get bogged down in the what-ifs, yet here in the Intermountain West, Fall has come anyway. The stifling haze from fires that ringed our valley all summer long has given way to the alpine lake blue of a cloudless autumn s...

September 26, 2016

The Sixties

I am born in 1966 to white, professional parents and raised in a predominantly white neighborhood, in a predominantly white community, in a predominantly white Pacific Northwest city in what my two teacher parents only half-jokingly term “genteel poverty.” I...

July 7, 2016

*This post includes a spoiler (of sorts) for Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. If you plan to read this book and haven't yet, save this one for later ;) *

I posted the quote below on FB recently, so you who are my friends may have seen it before; bear with me. It...

June 3, 2016

There are ministries and needs we encounter every day that desperately need support, and lately I’ve had many friends who were actually feeling despair about this.

 

As the Apostle Paul would say, “May it never be!”

 

Friends, these are just opportunities, and like every o...

May 2, 2016

Time for a MAN ON THE FLOOR! edition of Writing Without A Wife, in which I manage to be a fly on the wall (mostly) while historical fiction author Peter Leavell and Amish fiction author Patrick E. Craig discuss, among other things, what it’s like to be the only male wr...

May 1, 2016

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint…” ~ The Apostle Paul

 

 

The exchange below, which takes place betwe...

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