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The humble potato

The potato.  We have had an up and down relationship together. I discovered it to be a complex carbohydrate in college and swore them off.  But let’s be honest.  Who can resist a golden french fry no matter what it is fried in?  Hashbrowns? Roasted with garlic and mashed, with a sprinkle of parmesan.  Oh wow, I need to learn not to write these posts in the morning before breakfast.

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A year with my cast iron skillet

I have been inspired this year by Staci Kennelly. Seriously, check out her photos, she is amazing! This past year, she got a new sink and has posted pictures of it every day.  It is a container for mess, beauty, creativity, childhood, and hospitality — things I would associate with Staci even though I have only met her a couple times (but we have a great facebook relationship ). (Photo

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Trust and surrender: Reflections on parenting

Desires to write and reflect have emerged more since my baby turned one. I have tried to write a couple of blogs this summer about how I think parenting is one of the most divisive things I have ever been part of or why in the world I think getting my PhD is important in this season?  But what I keep returning to are the three most important words I

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No winners this week

This week, I sat at the feet of my leadership minor students and watched them give presentations on the historical changes of South African Apartheid, Women’s Suffrage, Interracial Marriage, and the Cold War.  To say I was moved is an understatement.  All of these movements changed the world and there were people who fought and died without even seeing a result. The students demonstrated justice in telling their stories. At

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Thanksgiving Prayer

On this day of communing, I have been pondering the Communion of Saints – the legacy that binds us all together.  As we think of what we are thankful for this year, I am grateful for those who are part of the web of life past and present. In honor of this thankfulness, I wanted to share the old prayer we will be reading at our table today – albeit

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The sound of memories

There are sounds a house makes. The wood creaks and moans at night relaxing from a day spent in the sun.  The phantom porch swing gently squeaks as the Santa Anas sweep through the valley.  The cabinets shut, the dishwasher hums, and the dryer softly clatters from the buttons on my jeans. Then there are the noises of living.  Noises of comfort.  When I was a child, these were the

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Some days you throw the lesson out

I was dreading today.  All morning I debated back and forth: Do the lesson plan? Or dive into a conversation I wasn’t sure would turn out well.  I wheeled my briefcase into the classroom and set my lesson plan in front of me.  Students started trickling in.  Some set their long boards in the back of the room; others finished up texts or checked Facebook one last time. I wandered

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Banishing perfectionism as a new mom-writer

Facebook, CNN, People, Pinterest, YouTube, Gmail, Gmail, and Gmail just one more time.  These are the windows that flutter open and closed on my web browser.  When I have a free moment these days, my brain wants to check out.  You see, I am a new mom. I have managed to keep a baby alive for almost 10 weeks.  This baby has good days and fussy days. On the fussy

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On the voices we try to banish…

I have quite a few friends in tough circumstances at the moment.  Life changes, big moves, transitions, and relationship scuffles.  Their stories are not mine to tell.  But what I have heard them say in the past couple weeks is: “I just want this voice/thought/feeling to go away.”  I listen and try not to throw on my spiritual director hat as a friend.  But sometimes the two coincide. The voices

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Where I’m at: Facebook and My Pregnancy

I’m sitting on the couch not feeling 100%.  Yesterday I pushed it too far. In other words, I had cankles by bedtime and fell sleep while my husband was mid-sentence.  This morning between watching my stomach move and shake like a giant water balloon, I nursed achy shoulders and a bout of nausea.  This is where I am at today.  I want to sit down, I want to put my

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