Churches, Sheep, and the Book of Psalms

My parents attended an Episcopal church steeped in liturgical practices. Most male attendees were scratch golfers who wore pink ties even in the dead of winter.  The women wore Lilly Pulitzer shifts with cable knit sweaters draped over their shoulders. Priests came and went - faster it seemed if they couldn't hold their own on... Continue Reading →

Lessons from a Jury Room

The evidence was clear. The theft had been videotaped for goodness sake. Granted, the image was blurred; the lighting at the Jewel store at 2AM had been minimal. But there he was, our defendant, a 20-something, African-American man reaching toward the cell phone display. Caught red handed, argued the prosecution. I surveyed the faces of... Continue Reading →

Doing versus Being

At 5:30 AM my mother's heels were on the move. Incessant and impatient - as if there was little time to accomplish her tasks.  I'd bury my head in the pillow and try for another hour of sleep. What on earth is she doing?  It certainly wasn't cleaning.  Cooking?  Maybe, since she likely had guests... Continue Reading →

A CAVU Day

I was sitting through a mandatory meeting about changes in the math curriculum.  I kept my eyes on the speaker enough to feign interest.  Mostly I stared at my phone's unresponsive face resting on my lap, mute and slightly mocking.  When the speaker broke us into small groups, I offered the most minimum of input.... Continue Reading →

At the Podium

My palms were sweaty.  I stumbled on words, restarting sentences. I paced the basement floor. Codie, our affable golden retriever, glanced up from her morning nap, clearly annoyed. If this is how nervous I am within the four walls of my house, how on earth am I going to pull off a speech in the... Continue Reading →

Precious

You are precious in my eyes.  And honored.  And I love you. Isaiah 43:4a   When I first read this verse I did a double take.  How is it I never heard it before?  Surely this was a loose paraphrase of the ancient text. And surely God was referring to the nation of Israel, 700... Continue Reading →

Vulnerability – Weakness as Strength

It takes courage to be vulnerable, to look shame directly in the eye without so much as a blink. After all, who really wants to take emotional risks — even with ourselves, much less a judgmental, unsafe world? Yet this is just what researcher Brene Brown advocates in her viral Ted Talks and best-selling books.... Continue Reading →

Legacy Living

Ten round kindergarten faces stare at my mother, eyes saucer-big.  She's waving her hands in the air lamenting with the bride's father that the wine has run out. Then she's Mary pleading to her son for a miracle - Jesus reluctant at first, but finally producing the best wine Cana can offer. Mom deftly drops... Continue Reading →

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