Monthly Archives: March 2013

how to lose your life. 5

I had a friend in high school who did actual Bible drills, presenting the Bible with one hand on top and one underneath until he was given the signal to start searching. He was good at it, could find chapter and verse without breaking any of the rules by flipping pages. My church didn’t do […]

in the marble and the moonlight. 8

“Lincoln Monument: Washington” by Langston Hughes Let’s go see Old Abe Sitting in the marble and the moonlight, Sitting lonely in the marble and the moonlight, Quiet for ten thousand centuries, old Abe. Quiet for a million, million years. Quiet- And yet a voice forever Against the Timeless walls Of time- Old Abe. We ended […]

bread & wine 2

When I was at the Glen Workshop last summer, there were several of us twenty- and thirty-something ladies who were in attendance because we wanted to take a class with Lauren Winner. Which, if you think about it, is not all that surprising: Lauren’s book Girl Meets God was a touchstone for me and for […]

upside down. 1

I was raised on sitcoms that wrap everything up nicely in 30 minutes and serial novels that tie up loose ends in 200 pages or less and Sunday School stories where the moral was clear so of course I like a nice neat denouement myself. Never mind that the Bible and our life experiences resist […]

blur. 16

I remember being excited to pick out the frames of my first pair of glasses. Not yet five, I selected a brown and blue patterned pair. It was the 1980s, so the frames were large. I wince now when I see them in pictures. It’s a cliche for a reason: On the drive home, proudly […]

emptiness and transformation. 2

Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — Put down your Hat — You must have walked — How out of Breath you are — Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me — I have so much to tell — -Emily Dickinson, from “Dear […]