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An Invitation to Slow Work

  At the Festival of Faith and Writing I happily found myself in a session titled “Slow Reading.” I joked to a couple of friends on my way to the session that my whole reason for going was to make myself feel better about my inability to read anything half as fast as most of my peers. It’s true. I’m a slow ...

Hold on for one more daaaaaay…

How many times did I cry this weekend? Ummmmm. Let me count the ways... There was Friday afternoon when it was almost time to leave for soccer practice and I needed to make a meal for my friend and her family and the way too cold refrigerator (It's broken. Who has time to get it fixed?) froze the LETTUCE. The salad was ...

An Invitation to Make Space

  A couple of weeks ago I shared how, after a difficult season of living with daily emotional stress and anxiety related to the neighbors below us, we moved. And on that first day in our new home, as I stood on our deck, looking out on our new backyard a beautifully clear afternoon, the first words that came to my mind were ...

Enough: A Reflection on 2013

I know it’s almost February. But, if you don’t mind having a little grace with me and my book-finishing/moving brain, I’m ready to call it a New Year around here. Happy New Year everybody! January has been a blur of packing and unpacking and book promotion stuff. But I’d like to stop for a second and say thank you ...

The Reflecting God

I’ve been learning about “reflecting.” It’s a counseling term. And my life seems to be filled with counseling terms lately. I sit in the therapist’s office every other week. And I take a lay-counseling course at my church every Sunday afternoon, while filling in the gaps with books and conversations. I’m ...

One Good Phrase: Laura Turner (The adventure continues…)

Well, we all knew this day would come. It's our very last week of One Good Phrase. Soon, I'll give you a little summary post to point you toward all the little gems of phrases that have come through this space since we began working through them ten months ago. But, there's no one I'd rather end this sweet journey with ...

Courage to love

The thing about humans is that in order to understand one another, we must sacrifice a bit of ourselves. It's difficult to empathize because to do so is to reject the most self-protective part of our nature. To love is to be vulnerable and vulnerability is a dangerous thing. I get that. You want to know what hurts the most ...