By Megan Westra / January 16, 2017 /

Over the summer my mom found a cookbook from the early 1900’s in one of the closets at my grandparent’s house.  The blue canvas cover is fraying at the edges, and multi-color threads in uneven stitches betray the loving hands which re-stitched the binding time and again. About halfway through the book there is a…

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"F*ck this" and Farandolae – 2016 in Review

By Megan Westra / January 4, 2017 /

I started 2016 off the way I start every January – full of drive and optimism with a carefully color-coded planner and a pile of books to read. I know I’m not unique in this, almost everyone I know becomes more ambitious, dedicated and idealistic as January 1 draws near.   I went to Florida…

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Finding God in the Waves: A Book Review

By Megan Westra / September 14, 2016 /

I hated listening to people talk on the radio or recordings for a very long time. I blame my Mother’s love of listening to talk radio when I was a child. (Can’t we just listen to music please???) My husband, Ben, on the other hand, puts on a podcast whenever he’s doing any sort of…

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Taking up Space

By Megan Westra / September 12, 2016 /

I’ve spent the last several years of my life purging closets and emptying drawers. Minimizing. Trying to use less water, less energy, less resources. Produce less garbage, and compost and recycle more. Just this past weekend, a bookshelf and two full bags of random old things were evicted from my home. Smaller impact. A simpler…

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It's okay to enjoy it

By Megan Westra / September 6, 2016 /

Summer was long, y’all. And hard. And good. But mostly long and hard.   Ben started a new job in December this past year, which meant this was the first summer of our married life that we could spend holiday weekends – like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July – sleeping in and grilling and…

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Deconstruct:Reconstruct – The Summum Bonum

By Megan Westra / June 8, 2016 /

When Ben and I first drove up to Milwaukee from West Virginia six years ago, we missed one tiny split on the highway around Chicago –  it was one small lane change. Unfamiliar with the landscape of the midwest, we drove for an hour before we realized we were getting deeper and deeper into rural…

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Mandatory Labeling

By Megan Westra / June 1, 2016 /

  “Mom, what is wonder?” my daughter asks one morning, jumping off of the song lyrics playing on our way to school. I’m distracted. Traffic is bad, we’re running late. I’ve only drank half of my cup of coffee. Wonder.  I start tossing words around to craft a definition within the reach of her ever concrete…

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Deconstruct:Reconstruct -Reach Inside

By Megan Westra / May 25, 2016 /

Few things make me feel as confident, comfortable and relaxed as a well laid plan. I crave structure. I do everything within my power to achieve control over my circumstances and environment –  and I consume more post-it notes than one human being reasonably should. Inevitably though, it doesn’t always work. When things spiral off…

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Of Protest and Praise

By Megan Westra / May 20, 2016 /

I am a child of the early 2000’s worship boom. In big arenas and tricked-out sanctuaries we sang loud, hands lifted and eyes closed softly: “Blessed be your name when the sun’s shining down on me, blessed be your name…” “Savior He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save…” “I could sing…

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The Mill

By Megan Westra / May 5, 2016 /

Image: Shinichi Higashi “Often times, what is good is the enemy of what is best.” The step mill hums underneath me. Feet moving in time, working against gravity to keep myself moving upward. Step.  Step. Step.  I listen to podcasts while I exercise in the morning. I’m religious about it. Time for my body and brain to wake…

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