community, Compassion / 12.08.2016

I'm driving through the countryside near our home. The curvy back roads hug the base of the mountain ridge like a summer skirt. Centuries-old stone farmhouses stand framed by broad, green fields, lazy cattle, blue sky, and billowy clouds. My pulse slows. Shallow breaths find the fullness that has evaded them for days. My heart and mind settle in the peaceful rest only such beauty offers. I talk to God and sing, and I'm overwhelmed by His great love and faithfulness. My trip takes me through a small town. As I approach, my heart begins to sink. The surrounding beauty grows dim...

living well / 02.08.2016

I've loved it as long as I can remember—the woodsy smell, the crackling, popping sound. Fire.Maybe it's my memories of camping with my family in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. My Brooklyn-bred dad always seemed happiest there. Whatever it is, the red glow and heat have always mesmerized me.But fire and its glowing cousins haven't always provided happy memories. We've had our mishaps. Of all my fuzzy recollections of childhood, some of the most distinct involve fire.I must have been five years old, sitting by my muse and watching her colorful dance . . . blue, white, red, and...

living well / 27.07.2016

"As soon as I stepped foot on the beach, I could feel the stress melt away." My freshly tanned friend looks like she's just returned from vacation. Her golden skin gives it away, but there's something else too. The tension in her face and body is gone, and her eyes come to life as she describes her family's short getaway. Our conversation continues, as we discuss what it is about vacation that makes life so enjoy-able and how we might bring some of the vacation lifestyle home. We may not be able to bottle the ocean's negatively charged ions, but I believe we can harness some...

living well / 18.07.2016

Well here we are again. It's Monday, and you and your planner are raring to go! As you sit sipping your coffee and ready to wrangle this week into hour-by-half-hour-order with your strategies and pencil in hand, give me your ear for just a minute. I promise I won't take long. I know how important world domination is. But hear me. It's just a Monday. There's nothing too significant about it. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and even Saturday and Sunday are all pretty similar. They're septuplets with the same twenty-four hour DNA. I get that Monday wants a plan. She's Type A like that. All...

community, Compassion, living well, unity / 14.07.2016

What would it look like? Imago Dei. What would it look like if we really lived like we truly believed that? Every human being created in the image of God.   Every. Single. One.Including that guy that just cut you off in traffic. The boss that is intent on making your every day miserable. The child that is breaking your heart. Again. The former friend that is doing her best to ruin your reputation. The church member that rubs you up and down and every which wrong way. Your political opponents (now we're getting personal). That dishonest business that's trying to rip you off and winning. Your negligent landlord. Your obnoxious, scary neighbor. Your...

Uncategorized / 12.07.2016

You know those pictures of mother and daughter on her wedding day? The ones where mother lovingly dresses her daughter. Buttoning her gown. Tying her bow. Pinning her hair. And the mother. She's as beautiful as she's ever been. Except for maybe the day she got married. That's what I said when I was shopping for my mother of the bride dress with Em. "I want to be as beautiful as I've ever been." The day my only daughter would marry. I'd been mother of the groom just a month before. I wanted to be pretty that day too. But it was the bride's...