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A Chocolate Croissant for Elissa

  When Elissa and I hung out for the very first time, it was fall in Syracuse and she wondered if I wanted to climb a tree. “Of course I want to climb a tree,” I’d said and meant it. We were in our twenties, in graduate school, and I did not get many offers like tree climbing. So we climbed and she told me ...

Jesus in Real Life (A Repost for All Saints Day)

“Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We're driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good questions. “Ummmm…” I say. I say that a lot. See the thing is he wants a real answer. He wants the history and the reasoning. If he knew the word ‘etymology,’ he’d want that too. I stop at ...

One Good Phrase: Micha Boyett (All will be well)

These are the days of holding the deep portions. The days where your husband walks the kids to the park and on the way his phone lights up with the worst kind of news. Tragedy. A friend’s life ended. And like that, he arrives at the playground, where his kids run and pour sand and swing so high they’re almost to ...

When Flourishing Is Possible and We Are On Our Way

Friends, I wrote a post for A Deeper Church this week. On the tragedy in Boston, on beauty and ruin, and how sometimes the bravest thing we can do is hold both at the same time. On Monday, people died cheering for their loved ones at the finish line of a race that has always existed as a celebration, a challenge to ...

For Carey. And for her friend, Melynn.

When I get the text from Melynn, it’s 8:30 on Saturday morning and we’ve just finished our cinnamon buns and read the story of St. Nicholas. We’re in the middle of a new family tradition, gathering the toys we’ll be giving away that day. The boys are on the carpet in the hallway vrooming cars: Chris and August and ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3

[caption id="attachment_5104" align="aligncenter" width="502"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she ...

Jesus in Real Life: Halloween and Death and Celebrating the Saints

“Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We're driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good questions. “Ummmm…” I say. I say that a lot. See the thing is he wants a real answer. He wants the history and the reasoning. If he knew the word ‘etymology,’ he’d want that too. I stop at ...