“Which one do you like, Mama?” He clicked through a few options. I heard chanting monks, some kind of yoga zen music and thunder storms all at once. “What did you download, buddy?” “Ambience.” That alone melts a mama heart. He knows I like a little white noise at bedtime, when I read. After hearing […]

What I’m In To; Or How I Caved to Peer Pressure

In an ongoing effort to put off the increasingly aggressive hands of time, and to try to convince myself of my hipness and persistent joie de vivre, I have caved to Leigh Kramer. Leigh, of the end of month What I’m In To posts that are pure delight. She says I’m cool enough to do […]

Why I Run: Margaret’s Story

You. Guys. I’m thrilled to bring the Why I Run series back today with my friend Margaret’s story. If you want to share, just let me know. I find these stories fascinating in their similarities and profound depth. (And, I’ve been cleared to keep up the running, so I’m doubly happy today.) Please say hi […]

A Mantle of Worry; or My Mother is a Jedi

I wake when the silence presses. No birds call, no cars roar, no leaves brush the screen on the window. I wake when the darkness seems hollow; neither the calmness of a sleeping house nor the early jangle of a family wiping sleep from the corners of half-closed eyes. I wake and the mantle descends, […]

Like Ross and Rachel

We’re on a break, running and me. I wish I could say I agreed to the break, that it was mutual and amicable and responsible. I wish I could say we need our space to figure out where we’re headed. That I am the patient, soulful, growth-seeking adult I imagine myself to be. Alas. On […]

A Clanging Gong

I can’t take it. In recent weeks, I’ve read pieces on women in the church, women and their reproductive rights, women being trafficked for male profit. I’ve read articles, books and blog posts about how Christian relationships are supposed to be, how Christian women are supposed to act, and how Christian women are supposed to […]

Don’t Carry It All

The invitation flickered through on Facebook when I was half through a six day stretch of single parenting. I was tempted to reject the spontaneous and kind offer of friendship out of hand. I’m busy, I reasoned. The list of To Dos won’t Do itself. I teetered on the brink of indecision for a ridiculously […]

Understanding Her Thirst

Today I’m over at Deeper Family, talking about how I learned what it feels like to be a man. Yup. Here’s an excerpt. Women, generally—and I generally avoid generalizations, so you’ll grant me this one—confront problems with words. Many, many words. Words upon words until barrels are full of the same thoughts and feelings swimming […]

Intent takes Intent

Who knew? Turns out, in my quest for perfection and world domination, or just keeping my dining room table free of clutter, I need more than a word, and more than a vague idea of what that word means. Honestly, I may have bit off the proverbial too-big bite. In order to be intent on […]

Faith Like a Child

I’m not sure what he was talking about. He was preaching a sermon on Installation Sunday, when the new elders and deacons were sworn in, as it were. The pastor wanted to mark the occasion with a lesson in leadership. The kind of leadership that serves. But I was distracted. We were visiting my parents’ […]