spiritual life

Praying like it is cancer

“Bad news should always come after lunch.. first thing in the morning everything left a bruise.” Stephen King, American novelist A mess, for sure. But, where there's life, there's hope. Some things I'd really rather not know. But, try as I might to keep bad news at bay, information just keeps rolling in. For at… Continue reading Praying like it is cancer

family life, women

Respecting the dress

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” Charles Eames, industrial designer In its first life, the dress went to a summer dance on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1963. Not long after, it traveled with the teen girl who delighted in it to Appalachia -- to a small city hugged by low,… Continue reading Respecting the dress

family life, spiritual life

Enough light to keep from falling

“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-68 It was because of No. 2 pencils. We needed them. For one of those testing milestones that punctuate the teen years. My feet -- safe from falling -- even in the dark. "Let's walk to the store," my… Continue reading Enough light to keep from falling

spiritual life

Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?

“All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World When Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, traveled from Caesarea to Jerusalem in the early AD 300s, the ink on the Edict of Milan was barely dry. In theory, the document provided respite and… Continue reading Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?