Tigist, My Third Grade Philosopher Friend. And Other Blessings.

My friend Tigist is a smart young lady- and a natural philosopher. She may be a third grader, but when I read the words in the artwork she gave me, she speaks with the voice of someone who's been around the block a few times. A grandma, maybe, who understands life. "Nothing's perfect in the [...]

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Flossing, News, and the Stranger at the Library

So I guess I figured out I had gone too far when I started to blame the sitting president of the United States for the two new cavities the dentist found in the back of my mouth last week. "You know how I hate flossing," I said to my husband, as we sat in bed [...]

March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mansplaining and Wondering

Last week I hung up a new watercolor print in my house (by Israeli artist Lesia Binkin -check out her work over at Etsy, here) and every time I walk by it, I just can't help but stop for a moment to stare at it. I guess I just love the colors and the feeling [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Personal Blog|2 Comments

A List to Follow No Matter Who Is In Charge

Maybe you know how this goes. You have the kind of week when the clouds roll in. Someone gets the flu, there are executive orders that wound your heart because they will hurt people you love and people you don't know, and the dermatologist finds more to cut off of you, even though you don't [...]

February 24th, 2017|Personal Blog|3 Comments

What’s a Nice Baptist Girl Like You Doing in a Mosque Like This?

Last night I went to a mosque. It was a first for me, though I've known Muslim people since I was little. Our dinner table was often crowded with my daddy's PhD students and their young families, and many of them were Muslim. "Again?" I'd groan to Mom, wondering why I couldn't be born into [...]

February 3rd, 2017|Personal Blog|3 Comments

Need Hope? Jump Into the Flow

"You nervous?" Todd asked me, handing me my wetsuit. "Nervous? Why should I be nervous?" I asked. I'd gone whitewater rafting several times before and it was no big deal. Besides, I'd grown up around water- if spending lazy summers poolside at the NCSU Faculty Club counted. I might be a klutz on land, but [...]

February 1st, 2017|Personal Blog|0 Comments

Red, White, and Blue- and the Gospel Too

Have you met my friend and former neighbor in France, Madame Mallet? That's her on the left. If you read French by Heart, you may remember what a hilarious, complicated character and friend she was to me and my family. This pic was taken during a visit a couple summers ago, when we surprised her [...]

January 28th, 2017|Personal Blog|3 Comments