Monthly Archives: November 2009

When we can play with the unself-conscious concentration of a child, this is: art: prayer: love. 1

Our six-year-old neighbor brought her violin home today, and we went over to her house so that she could perform a concert for us. (I may or may not have bribed her with banana popsicles. She is kind of shy, is all I will say.) I feel that I know her fairly well – we […]

Mischief of one kind and another. 2

Two blogs I read linked to this interesting article about children’s movies. Here’s an excellent passage from it: The impulse to protect children from these kinds of stories is understandable. Like adults, they experience plenty of hard feelings in their daily lives — at home, on the playground, in the classroom, in their dreams — […]

You’re gonna have to serve somebody 1

I had my last official deacon meeting tonight (we still have our covered dish Christmas party, as good Baptist deacons do) and at the end of it, as I was packing up my computer (I take the minutes), one of the older gentlemen who is also rotating off of the deacons came up to me […]

Starfish by Eleanor Lerman 1

This is what life does. It lets you walk up to the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman down beside you at the counter who say, Last night, the channel was full of […]

Get no respect. 4

On Thursday night after class, I had to go pick up some coolant from Advance Auto Parts. While I was there, a man behind the counter said a bad word and then looked at me and said, “Sorry, ma’am.” I said, “That’s okay, I work in a school.” The other man behind the counter helped […]

Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical edited by Hannah Faith Notess 9

When Mike and I wanted to join the church that we got married in, we had to go through an interview process. I am not sure exactly who interviewed us, but I was asked about my testimony. I stumbled through it with my usual hesitation . . . what do you say about your testimony […]

Good things in October: Addendum. 6

When I saw Brandi’s picture of Mad-Eye Moody, I realized I had left off a good thing of my own. Not because of Mad-Eye Moody, but because I had a picture I meant to show you. I don’t know how I forgot this. My OTHER good thing for October 7 can be seen in this […]

Keeping the lights on. 5

When I was younger, we always went trick-or-treating. My dad loved Halloween and wanted us to love it too, so he told us exciting tales of pillowcases full of candy. We weren’t allowed to dress as witches or fortune-tellers or demons, but we were encouraged to enjoy the holiday. I watched this change over time, […]

Good things in October. 4

I have been dreading October since the summer. I knew it would be busy with fun things, but it’s also a hard part of the school year and a hard part of the semester when you are taking classes. This is my testimony of how I survived. And now it is over and I am […]

“Death, be not proud” by John Donne 1

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And soonest […]