As children, we tended to be pretty blunt about making friends. We might have even asked someone, “Will you be my friend?” To which the other person [hopefully] would respond with, “Yes!” And then, with your relationship satisfactorily settled, you happily got about the business of playing together. As adults, we are much more subtle… Continue reading Is Your Friendship an Afterthought or a Main Feature?
Originally written on Sept. 20, 2012It had been a long evening. The patrons at the box office had been insufferably demanding and more than unusually fussy. Libby couldn’t wait to get off work and return to her apartment for some debrief time with a nice hot cup of tea. As she was about to leave… Continue reading I Promise, If You Dream With Me …
New teachers, welcome to teaching in the 21st century – where Pinterest can either be your greatest enemy or your closest friend. Welcome to feelings of inadequacy as you pass by all the classrooms in the building where every other teacher obviously has ten hundred times more creativity than you. Welcome to feelings of despair… Continue reading Dear New Teacher: Stop Feeling Inadequate About Decorating Your Classroom
Before I begin, let me just make the disclaimer that these are solely my conjectures. This is not based on scientific fact or evidence or any research beyond the observations of someone who hasn’t really lived that long. And if you’re game with that, feel free to jump on board with my analysis. We’ve all… Continue reading Chemistry of the Soul – Fact or Fiction?
The last two weeks of July came to a screeching halt for me. Suddenly I no longer had multiple appointments, minutely scheduled days, and mounds of grading to do. I didn’t have to be up at 5am every day, monitor multiple children, plan lessons or squeeze in life around teaching. I still had my daily… Continue reading The Art of Solitude and Silence
Just stop with the judgments, self. Stop with the comparisons. Stop with the mental sighs of irritation and impatience over others’ flaws, sins, and quirks. Stop with the holier-than-thou mentality that convinces yourself you’re not as bad as them. Stop with the hierarchies that put some people as sub-par and others as supreme. Stop with… Continue reading Have You Been Feeling Judgey Lately?
There’s been a lot of buzz recently about singleness, especially in church circles. I’ve read a lot of articles on singleness in the past few months from wonderful blogs that have encouraged my heart. And sometimes I wonder if more needs to be said on the topic or if perhaps we’ve had our fill of… Continue reading Why the Church Needs Single People
Can we get real here for a minute or two? Can we talk about selfies? A word which wasn’t added to the dictionary until about three years ago, but which has grown to be an indicator of this twenty-first century generation. And even though it didn’t become an “official” word until three years ago, I… Continue reading My Face is Not as Important as My Life
I can’t swim very well. I don’t drink alcohol. I also don’t drink coffee. Or soda. I drink lots of water. And milk. And chai with white sugar & milk. I sing along loudly to Tarzan on long road trips by myself. It takes me a long time to make up my mind. I love… Continue reading Confessions at 9:58pm
Originally written on August 3, 2012It’s been said that books, plays, musicals, movies – are about “the day something happened.” Some remarkable event or turning-point in a person’s life that makes us sympathize with them. We don’t go to a play to watch actors eating cereal, working at a desk or doing yard work. Yet… Continue reading The Details of Unremarkable Days