Monthly Archives: June 2013

what I read in Texas. 1

These are books I started, finished, and/or read part of while I was in Texas. This was the first time in a long long time that I read more than one book at once, partly because some were on my Kindle and some were on my laptop and some were just not the kind to […]

saving my life. 0

I went to DC with my students back in March and was lucky to be able to attend ISTE in San Antonio for work this week. Both trips were fun and relationship-building, but they were also tiring physically and mentally. The most surprising thing to me was how intensely I ached, both times, for Mike […]

say grace. 0

One of my personal nightmare scenarios involves flying with a kid who won’t stop crying. Especially if it’s my own kid, though flying with other people’s crying kids is definitely not my favorite. There were two crying babies on my flight on Saturday, as well as a diaper that needed changing. Thankfully, my kid was […]

a poem for summer. 1

“Summer Song” by William Carlos Williams Wanderer moon smiling a faintly ironical smile at this brilliant, dew-moistened summer morning,— a detached sleepily indifferent smile, a wanderer’s smile,— if I should buy a shirt your color and put on a necktie sky-blue where would they carry me?

saving my life. 0

We filled the car to the brim with swimsuits and books and groceries and made the pilgrimage to the beach house my family has been visiting for over 20 years. The porch is one of my favorite places to be, and even though it was under construction, we managed to enjoy it. There is no […]

landing in ordinary time. 2

I took it as gospel truth that it would always take a week at least to shake off the school year. In the past, after one of the Bad Years, it took two full weeks for the sun to bake the frustration away until suddenly I felt human again. We are the luckiest people in […]

what we are reading. 4

We have started doing our story time on the front porch because Atticus loves to be outside more than anything else. Other than that whole humidity thing, I enjoy this because the people who are walking and driving by can see us reading. Parent points are multiplied if other people see you being a good […]

books for ordinary time. 0

When I started thinking about ordinary time, one resource I came across was At The Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time. I gathered inspiration from that book and found Enuma Okoro’s poem there. Here are some other books that I recommend for ordinary time. The Supper of the Lamb by Robert […]

two songs for ordinary time. 0

“High Hope” by Glen Hansard (special guest Moji) “I’m gonna make it across this tight rope Then I’m coming for my prize No more I’ll be waiting around While life just passes by” — “When It Don’t Come Easy” by Patty Griffin “I don’t know nothing except change will come Year after year, what we […]

words for ordinary time. 2

Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes -Elizabeth Barrett Browning — “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time […]

a reading for ordinary time. 1

Kairos. Real time. God’s time. That time which breaks through chronos with a shock of joy, that time we do not recognize while we are experiencing it, but only afterwards, because kairos has nothing to do with chronological time. In kairos we are completely unself-conscious, and yet paradoxically far more real than we can ever […]

a poem for ordinary time. 1

“Passing Ordinary Time” by Enuma Okoro It is a hard art to learn, catching quiet by palms raised cupped in air shifting location here and there like trying to guess the pattern of falling leaves, and hoping to feel the soft descent of moments when silence slips This ordinary time is gifted with days, weeks […]

a prayer for ordinary time 2

A Prayer for Ordinary Time by Rev. Susan Bock God of seasons and Sabbath, God of our days and our hearts; You bless us with greening time, that we might be renewed. Teach us to live slowly, and taste the goodness of your love. Show us how every moment is alive with you, far from […]

ordinary time. 1

It is the last day of school and the long lazy days of summer are finally upon us. For the church, this is ordinary time. I was first delighted by the phrase “ordinary time” on a bulletin in church a few years ago and every year I am delighted to see it come around again. […]