gardening, spiritual life

Hot mess or hot opportunity?

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist The view from our kitchen window is different than it has ever been in the 12 years we have lived in this very old house. It's also different from outside the house, which is located on a busy… Continue reading Hot mess or hot opportunity?

family life, spiritual life

7 things I’ve learned in a week without running water

"When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 It started before dawn one day last week. Three of us were already up and having breakfast when a low rumble began in the backyard and morphed into a trembling that could be felt through the house. Our… Continue reading 7 things I’ve learned in a week without running water

spiritual life

Assuming positive intent

“It is a troublesome thing, Halford, this susceptibility to affronts where none are intended.” Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" At a recent workshop associated with the journalistic part of my career, a statement made by a Millennial arrested my attention. During some rule setting that preceded a group discussion, this young woman set a… Continue reading Assuming positive intent