My daughter was chosen to be the student speaker representing her graduating class. She did a knock-out job. ?Her goal was "to be profound, and funny, all in 2 and a half pages." ?That's not an easy task! ?I asked her permission to reprint the speech here and she was happy to share it with you … [Read more...] about My Daughter’s Graduation Speech
I became acquainted with the work of Diane Glancy when I lived in Minnesota. She's an interesting person, with a rather bifurcated background (Cherokee/Baptist) who has been incredibly prolific, producing award-winning poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction. I enjoyed hearing Ms. Glancy speak at … [Read more...] about Stone Heart, by Diane Glancy, a book review
Today we're off to an all-day Shape Note Sing in Berryville, VA. Shape Note singing was popular in the south, and was a standard in the churches, but went out of popularity sometime soon after the Civil War. ?Singing is unaccompanied, with the singers seated in a square, by parts, facing each … [Read more...] about Shape Note Singing
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? I didn't until it was almost over. On Tuesday night I went to my local library to hear two people from NAMI tell their stories of mental illness. I hope to blog about that in the future because their stories were powerful. This evening I had … [Read more...] about Mental Health Awareness, a Lecture by Kay Redfield Jamison
I'm not referring to the radio show. ?I'm being literal here. How much should cars be allowed to talk? My family and I have debated this when we're stuck in traffic, and have established the following Rule of Thumb (which I believe should be widely adopted, if not become the Rule of Law): Cars may … [Read more...] about Car Talk: Rules About Bumper Stickers
We have birds nesting in our backyard, in a stand of Leland pines. Our favorite is the cardinals because Mr. Cardinal is always bringing Mrs. Cardinal tasty morsels and popping them in her mouth. The Catbirds have tails that stick up, and make unappealing noises. The most beautiful are the … [Read more...] about Birds: Overrun with Starlings
I found this on?Gerry Straub's blog: True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves; but from realizing our kinship with all things. -Pema Chodron ?Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living From our supper conversation yesterday, I gathered the … [Read more...] about It’s Not Our Rice, Even If We Paid For It
Say Yes Don't Prepare Just Show Up Start Anywhere Be Average Pay Attention Face the Facts Stay on Course Wake Up to the Gifts Make Mistakes, Please Act Now Take Care of Each Other Enjoy the Ride Just sharing some thoughts from Improv Wisdom, by … [Read more...] about The Rules of Improv: Lessons for the Writing Life
Just before our trip to New Mexico, I picked up an old issue of the Atlantic Monthly?(Oct 05) to read on the plane. ?I don't remember how the magazine landed in my hands, but I noticed a cover story on a (then new) book: Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His … [Read more...] about Lincoln’s Melancholy: Did It Fuel His Sense of Purpose?
Last night our Session (church governing body) examined a group of Confirmation students (7th-8th graders), who we call Seekers. ?There were 9 Seekers, 7 Elders, 1 Teacher, 1 Pastor, and 5 Pizzas. The Seekers have been meeting since October, nearly every Sunday morning. We started with the pizza … [Read more...] about Holy Laughter Has the Last Word in Ministry with Teens
Acedia is an ancient term for a sin which can be defined as apathy, or boredom, or more precisely, "why bother." I heard Kathleen Norris talk about acedia at the Festival of Faith & Writing. She quoted some very profound writers on the subject. Acedia was a big problem in monasteries in the 4th … [Read more...] about Got Acedia? Who cares.
I love my gym. ?I work out at a Lady of America about a mile from my house 4-5 times a week, first thing in the morning. The names of the classes sound painful (cardio kickboxing, cardio interval, bootcamp, step 'n sculpt) but they feel wonderful. ?At least, when they're over, they do. What I love … [Read more...] about Exercising the Kingdom