Author Archives: Kari

what I have been reading (less reading than normal edition). 0

People always ask if I really read all these books. The answer is yes! And also I go through periods where I tool around on the internet just like everyone else. Lately I have been doing a lot of tooling around on the internet and also I am sloooowly working my way through The Wire […]

been talking ’bout the way things change. 0

One night this summer, Atticus stayed at my mom’s house overnight so Mike and I could have a date night, which ended up being an early dinner so we could come home to watch House of Cards. (We are very exciting people.) When Atticus wanted to Facetime with us, we agreed, but it turned out […]

let’s go adventuring, darling. 0

This summer we finally gave up the stroller for walks, so we amble together down the streets and notice things. It took me a couple of months to realize that I was taking walks my way (to exercise or to take him to the park) when he had his own ideas about what we should […]

a poem for sunday. 1

“Little Girls in Church” by Kathleen Norris 1. I’ve made friends with a five-year-old Presbyterian. She tugs at her lace collar, I sympathize. We’re both bored. I give her a pencil: she draws the moon, grass, stars and I name them for her, printing in large letters. The church bulletin begins to fill. Carefully, she […]

what I have been reading (back to school tired brain edition). 2

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (borrowed from a friend) When some butterflies that usually winter in Mexico end up in a valley in the Appalachian mountains instead, what happens to the community? What happens in particular to the families closest to this miracle (that could, after all, be a tragedy caused by climate change)? Maybe […]

two prayers for the first day of school. 0

Tomorrow is the first day of school here. I am entering this year with a mixture of determination, terror, and hope. Let’s pray together. O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach […]

what Atticus Finch taught me about watching the news. 1

Before I read To Kill a Mockingbird, I read a book that has been lost to history that quoted Atticus Finch: “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” I have always thought of that as Atticus Finch’s most famous quote, but it is not my […]

what I have been reading (end of summer womp womp). 3

I have to go back for training in the morning so my summer is pretty much over. I would ask you to feel sorry for me but I don’t really even feel sorry for myself. This summer was just the break I needed. More about going back to school later. But first, here are some […]

3.5 and 35 0

When Atticus was turning three, several people sidled up to me and said, “I don’t know whether to tell you this, but the terrible twos are nothing compared to the threes.” Wait, what?! I went out of my way to insist that the twos weren’t as bad as advertised and this is how the universe […]

set me as a seal upon your arm. 4

No sense in burying the lede: Mike and I went on our anniversary to get tattoos. Neither modern nor traditional lists name ink as a fourteenth anniversary gift, but maybe they should. Maybe it’s even a little bit Song of Solomon: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, […]

on taking a break from church (a review of how to be a christian without going to church by kelly bean). 1

I haven’t been to church in a couple of months. I needed a break, not from God but from some of the dynamics that inevitably appear when you attend a church for over a decade. It’s been nice in some ways, a relief. But in other ways, I feel a little bit unmoored. My Sundays […]

what I have been reading (beach reads edition). 0

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) (via the public library) I probably don’t need to say much about this book since it’s by J.K. Rowling, but I enjoy a good mystery novel and this one hit the spot. I could sort of see the pieces coming together but couldn’t quite guess how […]

the world cup at our house. 0

I never updated about how Atticus’s soccer season went, and that is because it was bad. He did okay, for the most part, but he is stubborn and a little bit nervous around crowds. I think that even if he had had a coach who was good with his age group and who had shown […]

god and the gay christian by matthew vines. 0

Since I bought Torn by Justin Lee, my copy has been passed around and my best guess is that it’s been read by eight or nine people. I think the combination of Justin’s story (I call him Justin because he lives in NC and therefore we are basically buds) and the seriousness with which he […]

the cross and the lynching tree by james h. cone 2

We have been watching a lot of the World Cup here. Atticus, who is very into superheroes, wants to know about the good guys and the bad guys. That hasn’t been a big deal to me until the USA/Germany game when I noticed that there were some jokes about Germany being bad guys on Twitter. […]

what I have been reading (falling into summer edition). 0

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored by Marcus J. Borg (via the used bookstore) The title basically says everything here. The book covers ideas like redemption and sin as well as words like mercy and belief and tries to put them in a […]

what I have been reading (summertime is upon us edition). 1

El Deafo by Cece Bell (sample via NetGalley, whole book via publisher) This is a charming graphic novel about a young girl who loses her hearing at the age of four. When she starts school, she has to wear a hearing aid. This is okay when she is in kindergarten with other kids just like […]

a poem for father’s day. 1

From “Listening” by David Ignatow Standing beside you, I took an oath to make your life simpler by complicating mine and what I always thought would happen did: I was lifted up in joy.

in defense of young adults and their literature. 3

I try very hard to be a parent who respects her child and sees his intelligence as he figures out the world around him. It’s made easier by the students I have worked with over the years, the ones who make bright and funny observations all the time and who have taught me to give […]

what I have been reading (almost summer edition). 0

Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson (purchased a copy) I heard the author of this book interviewed on this episode of the Slate Culture Gabfest and I think I ordered the book before the interview was over. It sounded so fun and interesting and it did not […]