Monthly Archives: November 2013

thanksgiving. 3

“Te Deum” by Charles Reznikoff Not because of victories I sing, having none, but for the common sunshine, the breeze, the largess of the spring. Not for victory but for the day’s work done as well as I was able; not for a seat upon the dais but at the common table. When I look […]

what I have been reading (thanksgiving week edition). 0

Just Jesus by Walter Wink (via NetGalley) Walter Wink called this book “an autobiography of [his] interest in Jesus,” which is a lovely turn of phrase. It’s a bit disjointed in the middle, but there are some beautiful things in here about Jesus and the Bible and nonviolence. The overall arc is a discussion of […]

why I don’t want to read the Bible with my toddler. 6

Sometimes I make spoilery pop culture references like, “I am your father!” and Mike shushes me with incredible ferocity because he wants (we want) Atticus to experience those things like we did. It’s so hard, y’all! There are so many phrases and plot twists and conclusions that we don’t want him to know about just […]

make someone happy. 1

Like everybody else in America, I was utterly enchanted by the Batkid story on Friday (by which I mean I practically needed fluids to replace all the tears I cried all day long and I need everybody to stop talking about it). What a beautiful gift they gave him. Not only that, what a beautiful […]

the deep down dark. 2

“The Companionable Darkness” by Kathleen Norris Friend and neighbor you have taken away. My one companion is darkness. -Psalm 88 The companionable dark Of here and now, seed lying dormant in the earth. The dark to which all lost things come—scarves and rings and precious photographs, and of course, our beloved dead. The brooding dark, […]

saving my life. 3

On Sunday night, I had a three-year-old and an almost-three-year-old who wanted pancakes for dinner. After I had already started, they both decided that they wanted to help. There were a loud few minutes as they pulled chairs over to the counter and each demanded to be the ones who stirred the batter, mad that […]

what I have been reading (way overdue for a reading roundup). 2

Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk by J. Dana Trent (via NetGalley) The title basically says it all. I enjoyed learning more about Hinduism, but as the book went on, I felt like Dana only talked about her own flaws as a person of faith rather than […]

the brave little toddler. 6

Our group moved from house to house as the toddlers excitedly took in each step of trick-or-treating. Yes, we can stay outside even though it’s dark. Yes, you can run through the leaves. Yes, if a house has a light on, we can go there. Yes, if you ask really nicely, they might give you […]

hello winter. 1

“Relearning Winter” by Mark Svenvold Hello Winter, hello flanneled blanket of clouds, clouds fueled by more clouds, hello again. Hello afternoons, off to the west, that sliver of sunset, rust-colored and gone too soon. And night (I admit to a short memory) you climb back in with chilly fingers and clocks, and there is no […]

saving my life: candletime 4

“Let Evening Come” by Jane Kenyon Let the light of late afternoon shine through chinks in the barn, moving up the bales as the sun moves down. Let the cricket take up chafing as a woman takes up her needles and her yarn. Let evening come. Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned in long […]