Taking up Space

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

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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Mandatory Labeling

  “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

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

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

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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“Getting Healthy”

I’m a runner. I don’t run fast, but I run often.  Four or five days each week, hitting the pavement for two to four miles at a time. I do it for my health – both physical and mental. There’s something about the pounding of feet against pavement, and all that matters in one foot after […]

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