It’s seven A.M. and I am bleary-eyed, shuffling around the kitchen, washing out my daughter’s thermos and pulling random things off the shelf to pack in her lunchbox. The familiar sensation of frustration tinged just on the side of anger slithers up my spine and nests itself comfortably in a knot at the base of my […]Read More For those who gather reluctantly
“It just all seems so…divided.” The descant rolls on and on from so many of my friends and peers; believers from all walks of life. The words are paced with shocking consistency. They are set to a meter like a metronome, the rise and fall undifferentiated. And it’s true, I can’t remember a time in […]Read More Riding in on a donkey
I am so encouraged every year to hear about more and more people choosing to give to charities, rather than to line the base of their tree with gifts. This is a beautiful thing and one of the best ways we can truly commemorate what Christmas is all about. I want to wrap up the […]Read More Please Consume Responsibly: Part 3 A Post on Charities, Your Money and You.
Best reminder: Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often “I disagree with you, but I still like you as a person who is a human being and I will treat you like that because if I didn’t I would make everything bad. And that’s what lots of people do and it is lame.” […]Read More Thanksgiving Reading (for when you’ve had too much turkey and football for one day)
According to Business Insider, Christmas is the biggest commercial holiday celebrated in the U.S. In 2011, consumers spent just over $700 in gifts alone. $400 of that was spent on gifts for children. We spent another $2.6 billion in paper to wrap all that crap up. Paper that would be promptly torn, crumpled, shoved into […]Read More A Guide to Sustainable Christmas Celebration: Part 2 Experience not Excess
Introduction: Earlier this week I posted about why we need to re-think the way we – as followers of Christ – celebrate Christmas. If you haven’t read that post yet, do so now. That said, a few other nuts and bolts you should know about before diving in to the guide. Slavery exists. Yep. It […]Read More Please Consume Responsibly: Part 1 Slavery, Social Enterprise and Fair Trade
One of my favorite Christmas carols of all time is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” It’s beautiful, almost haunting at times as the song weaves the cosmic weight of the holiday with the traditional occurrences of celebration. “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep God is not dead nor doth He sleep […]Read More I Heard the Bells (an introduction to why I want you to join me in re-thinking the way we celebrate Christmas)
We don’t really celebrate Halloween in our home. It just doesn’t jive with our beliefs and our ethos as a family. But I’m not here to talk about that today, that’s another conversation for another time and likely a conversation we should have in person. Today I want to talk to you about the Halloween […]Read More What’s really scary about the Halloween Industry