‘Tis the Season for Stress

‘Tis the Season for Stress

I woke up at 4:32 this morning. I had set the alarm for 5:30, but my body seemed to think that would not do. There was the knowledge that American Girl orders had to be processed by today in order to ensure delivery by Christmas. There was the overflowing email…
Jesus Came From A Dysfunctional Family

Jesus Came From A Dysfunctional Family

We had Marilee’s parent/teacher conference yesterday morning. We heard about her leadership in the classroom and the play she is writing with her friend Nathan. She’s kind to the other kids. She loves math. And she loves writing–especially acrostic poems. At the end of our time together, her teacher pulled…
The surprising gift of silence

The surprising gift of silence

This is a loud season, full of good busy and hard questions, for most of us. Even as we strive for simplicity, we see others for whom "simplicity" is not a choice but their only option. I see you, harried one. Drowning in to-do lists and projects, work and kids…
Advent: Coming of the King of Peace

Advent: Coming of the King of Peace

This Advent, gather with us in this space. Take a moment to breathe, to read very short reflections, to consider the ties between this ancient tradition and the challenges and joys of our current situation. Please hit ‘subscribe’ to join us in the contemplative journey. To go deeper, try one…
A Note on the Terms in White Picket Fences

A Note on the Terms in White Picket Fences

White Picket Fences addresses the topic of privilege, giving particular attention to race, class, and disability. I chose to use the term “African American” most of the time within these pages because studies show that white people implicitly associate the word “black” with negative ideas, whereas the word “African American”…