Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ 2

(Almost) everything I know about the Jesuits comes from James Martin, and the more I read this book, the more I realized that I actually knew very little about the Jesuits. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything is both an introduction to the Jesuit way of life and an explanation of how those ideals can […]

Guidelines for success. 4

Did you ever have a crush on a lifeguard? It’s a big theme in books for teenage girls, but it’s a rite of passage I missed somehow. The beach by my aunt and uncle’s beach house (aka one of my favorite places on the planet, see above) doesn’t have the lifeguards in chairs that I […]

sacred. 2

While digging through Susan Isaacs’ archives, I found this gem about writing as a sacrament. It got me thinking about sacraments, about sacred and healing things that happen in life. If, as The Book of Common Prayer says, sacraments are “an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible Grace,” it almost seems as […]

insomnia. 0

As I was (anxiously) awake at 2:30 this morning, today’s Poem-A-Day from was particularly poignant. “Insomnia” by Alicia Suskin Ostriker But it’s really fear you want to talk about and cannot find the words so you jeer at yourself you call yourself a coward you wake at 2 a.m. thinking failure, fool, unable to […]

You’ve been flamingoed. 3

When I came home from work last Monday, this is what my yard looked like. My church celebrates things like anniversaries and graduations and “important” birthdays by putting flamingos in yards. It’s a Baptist church, so there’s a committee that takes care of it. And apparently the committee deemed my award to be worthy of […]

To live deliberately. 8 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 On Saturday night, after a long and productive day (plus some lounging time at the pool), I decided that I wanted to make risotto. It was a Thoreau move, I guess: I made risotto to live deliberately. From time to time, I want to do something intentional, to make something […]

Smoothies and shopping. 3

This week, our Button Club adventures included shopping from the farm and making smoothies. I have chronicled my farmer’s market adventures here many times, so none of that is really new information. But Mike and I did make smoothies before we went. And drank them out of our portable coffee cups. Our homemade smoothies had […]

To whom it may concern, early summer edition. 9

Dear Man at the Pool Whose Skin is About to Turn Purple, It’s called sunscreen. Please look into it. Your skin is frightening me. Also maybe you should stop drinking beer and put on a shirt. I have nothing against beer. I just think you should not get any more sun. Your “friend” sitting next […]

Q&A with Wendelin Van Draanen 4

I read Wendelin Van Draanen‘s Flipped a few years ago and still recommend it regularly to students looking for something funny with a touch of relationship interest. It’s perfect for middle school students in that it’s about navigating popular opinion and being authentic without being preachy. (It’s apparently going to be a movie, which seems […]

Good things in May. 3

Don’t forget to post a link to your good things in the comments. I always enjoy reading everyone else’s lists. It makes our good things even better to share them. May 1 – Derby party and relaxing in our hammock. May 2 – I made several mix CDs that I was proud of. May 3 […]