Monthly Archives: December 2011

saying yes to 2012. 7

Last year, I resolved to lose weight in 2011. And on 1/1/11 at 1:08 pm, I lost 6 pounds and 15 ounces. Plus the placenta (sorry). I kept that weight off. I think this means I win at New Year’s, achieving my goal on January 1st. Other than that, I am not big on resolutions. […]

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. 1

Atticus and his Grinch. “Take Joy” by Fra Giovanni I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in […]

A short play explaining why Atticus will not be getting Christmas presents this year. 2

KARI: Atticus, who am I? Say Mama! Mama! ATTICUS: Dada! KARI: No, Atticus, Mama. Say Mama. ATTICUS: Dada! KARI: Atticus. MAMA. Say MA-MA. ATTICUS: Da-DEE! Fin.

for you. 4

What kind of king would leave his throne In heaven to make this earth his home? While men seek fame and great renown In lowliness our king comes down Incarnation is a big word. It means the Word made flesh and dwelt among us. It means angels and shepherds and a stable. It means The […]

take and eat. 2

photo by six steps shared under a Creative Commons license. To take communion is to remember. We are told to search our hearts beforehand, an injunction that I take seriously but find problematic. There is the pesky in-law situation, and the person in the next pew who unfriended me on Facebook. I search my heart […]

most sensational, inspirational, celebrational 2

I still remember the first time I saw Kermit riding a bike. It was magic, plain and simple. My parents wisely did not try to explain away my amazement. They let me sit there on the floor in wide-eyed wonder. (There’s supposed to be a video here. If you’re not seeing it, maybe refresh your […]

you can never repay your mother. 5

It would feel weird not to post today. Since I have been writing to Atticus, I thought I’d share one of my favorite poems about mothers and sons. Billy Collins makes the world a better place. — “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this […]