My generation (those darn Millennials) sure gets a lot of flack these days. We are allegedly lazy, far too easily offended, demanding trophies for wearing a uniform, and that list goes on and on. I mostly just roll my eyes at these generalizations, but a recent conversation with Father Scott illuminated one of them that might fit me just a little too well. My last piece written for Celtic Way was a vulnerable one talking about the way the title “Christian” has become somethin
This week I started reading Kristin Hannah’s book The Great Alone and was caught by a phrase at the end of the second chapter, “Mama was Leni’s one true thing.” That set me to wondering whether everyone has “one true thing” and if so, what is mine? Through my life I’ve had lots of enthusiasms and lots of ways to identify myself. Girl, sister, daughter, Christian, student, musician, gardener, nurse, wife, mother, seeker, widow, lover, hiker, bookworm, poet, organizer, friend,
What do you do when your soul craves silence? There’s a small twitch in the pit of my stomach that is (almost) always telling me that life is too loud or too busy or just too much. There’s a serious push in our culture for hustle- books, podcasts, blogs, social media posts- all giving us the one strategy we need to become our best self. Best, in this case, means our most productive and most efficient self. All this hustle pushes us farther away from our own self, the intuitio
When I was in college I was in a “Praise & Worship” band named “Truth”. There were 3 bands
that rotated chapel services, all named after Jesus’ statement to the “Woman at the Well” that a
day will come when people will worship God “in Spirit and in Truth”. The band names were
“Worship”, “Spirit”, and “Truth”. Even then I found the names of the bands a bit strange.
Especially because this was one of the many sayings attributed to Jesus that made absolutely
no sense to me.
My son the engineer loves to cook. He is a great cook. He cooks like an engineer. He is the only one I know who levels the measuring spoon or measuring cup to the exact measurement. Cook's Illustrated Magazine is his cooking bible. He called me one day to ask how I cook a brisket for a large group. I began: “Put the meat in a large oven proof pan” ……..“Mom, Cook’s says…….”. “Ok son: Here’s how I do it.” “Put the meat in a large oven proof pan and slather it with BBQ sauce