Monthly Archives: February 2012

habits. 5

you wake at 2 a.m. thinking failure, fool, unable to sleep, unable to sleep -Alicia Suskin Ostriker My friend Brandi just wrote a terrific post about finding a holy moment in the midst of a rough day. It reminded me of what so many people say about new motherhood, that it is one of those […]

Saturday shenanigans. 6

On Saturday, Alisa and I went to Chapel Hill to see Lauren Winner do a reading at Flyleaf Books. Did we discuss what time to leave to make sure we got good seats? Yes. What we were going to wear? Yes. A side stop at Trader Joe’s? Yes. I think the only thing we didn’t […]

saving my life. 3

Many years ago now, when I was invited to speak at a church gathering, my host said, “Tell us what is saving your life now.” It was such a good question that I have made a practice of asking others to answer it even as I continue to answer it myself. Salvation is so much […]

memento mori. 3

“There is always the memento mori, the realization that death is contagious; it is contracted the moment we are conceived.” –Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Tonight the plan is for us to go to the Ash Wednesday service, and as the ashes are put on my forehead, I will […]

present in the stories. 5

If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with […]

new life. 3

The question before me, now that I am old, is not how to be dead, which I know from enough practice, but how to be alive, as these worn hills still tell, and some paintings of Paul Cezanne, and this mere singing wren, who thinks he’s alive forever, this instant, and may be. –Wendell Berry, […]

in it together. 3

“To eat this meal together is to meet at the level of our most basic humanness, which involves our need not just for food but for each other. I need you to help fill my emptiness just as you need me to fill yours. As for the emptiness that’s still left over, well, we’re in […]

the lost sheep. 9

For the first time, I had to cut students from my Battle of the Books team. In the past, I have been lucky that the number dwindled down to the magic number of students I am allowed to take to the competition. But not this year. This year I had to choose. There was one […]

most biblical. 1

When Mike and I first got together, I didn’t know much of anything about football. I knew how many points a touchdown is worth, but only because of a lucky guess related to being on the Quiz Bowl team many years ago. Such a nerdy reason should hardly count as football knowledge. And so, for […]

called to be more than we are. 12

We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love. – Madeleine L’Engle I have […]

Good things in January 5

I cannot overstate how much more energy I suddenly have. That means one thing: good things are back! Did you write down good things this month? If so, link to them in the comments. As always, good things are better when they are shared. 1- My mom got Atticus a bubble machine for his birthday. […]