Archive / June, 2014

For The Children

Throughout this week, a digital whirlwind has swirled in online Christian media. Leadership Journal, a Christianity Today publication, posted an article titled From Youth Minister to Felon, a first-person account written by a now-imprisoned former youth pastor. Given my recent post about my love-hate experiences due to religious poseurs within my local church, I considered the irony of this mini-storm. Following outrage and outcries […]

Birdies In The Treetop

When I educated my children at home, I tried to get them interested in bird-watching. In truth, I think this may be a pastime for people who have the ability to patiently wait for long periods of time just to spy a single flying creature. (Needless to say, this isn’t a description that fit my children.) […]

Not For The Faint Of Heart

In February, I posted my thoughts about the expression: Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. As someone who has a lifetime history with church − both its local assembly (a church) and its universal expression (the Church) as the body of believers who follows Jesus Christ − my experiences are as varied as one might imagine. Because local […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Today was a day for time off. Since our son-in-law is out of town (all the way to Uganda), we decided to take a trip to the Tulsa Zoo with our husband-deprived daughter and her three daddy-deprived children. My daughter-in-law and her son also joined us. What fun we had! As a result, there’s scant poetry and very little prose […]

Losing Arts?

Two articles from The New York Times came to my attention over the weekend. The first, Poetry:  Who Needs It? arrived via email from my brother-in-law. He knows my love for poetry; he’s also a voracious reader … during those moments when he absolutely must take time out from golf! (I’m honored he includes as […]

Daddy’s Girl

Those repeated squeals of “Daddy!” featured on video from yesterday’s post evoked some long-forgotten memories from my own childhood. My daddy died more than twenty years ago. As his eldest daughter (born when he was a youngster of 26), I’ve come to understand my good fortune to have known him for more years than his younger children. [Based […]

Daddy Dear(est)

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. The hashtag #EndFathersDay has been (predictably) trending on Twitter. According to some sources, the hashtag is a hoax, but it hasn’t prevented both tweets and blogs from discussing the pros and cons of ending future commemorations of Father’s Day. (If you take a gander through Twitter for this hashtag, be prepared to […]

Careful Writing

To me, the idea of writing prompts is both curious (on the one hand) and slightly unnatural (on the other). I suppose some writers depend on such devices to spur their creative juices. WordPress even offers a daily prompt to facilitate bloggers who are stuck. At the end of 2013, the editors at WordPress produced a PDF file […]

The First Rule Of . . .

Mahatma Ghandi once said:  “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in others.” Philippians 2:3 expands on this principle: “Do nothing from empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.“ It’s difficult in 21st century America to do anything other than think of ourselves! Whether it’s […]

Belted In

With all the crazy things going on in the world, I feel like today is a good day for playfulness. Back in the days when my little ones were young and always underfoot, I tended to write a lot of silly poems. It was a distraction, an exercise where I contemplated the ridiculous and found ways to […]

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