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Good Friday: Thoughts on slaughter

I’ve spent this semester – what is to be my last semester taking classes ever – studying the slaughter of animals.  It’s not for the fainthearted. Prior to these past few months, you could think of me like the actors in Portlandia: very concerned about the life their chicken (named “Collin”) had before ending up on their plate.  I try to buy organic, free range, blah blah blah.  But come

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Understanding: Part 2 of my rant about publishing

Part two of two: Click here for part one. Someone recently told me there is a large majority of Christians who are not worried about discipleship anymore as we have shifted into a desperate rhetoric of conversion.  When I think about this conversation of conversion, I go to a dark place my husband just interfaced with at a USC game. While walking up to his seat someone was passing out

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Where is “understanding” in discourse: A rant about publishing.

Part one of two “Now is not the time for bad theology,” a classmate of mine said.  He was recalling a story of being comforted about the death of a friend.  People responded to their own fear and uneasiness with platitudes like, “He is in a better place,” and “This is God’s will.” Why do we feel the need to cling to these Christan-ese easy answers? And this isn’t just

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The most meaningful meal of my life

THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SEMI-GRAPHIC IMAGES.  DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT OKAY WITH KILLING/EATING CHICKENS OR IF YOU HAVE THEM AS PETS. (P.S. it’s a long entry – no way I could make it shorter). I’ve tried starting this blog 3 times.  The first time, I ended up writing 14 pages and it will most likely be a chapter in my new book.  The second time turned into

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No more walls: A lesson three decades in the making

I’m three decades old today.  Old enough to say, over 20 years ago I remember what happened.  I was 10 years old.  It was a heated election year; I didn’t really understand what that was about.  Not sure I do now either.  The Berlin wall fell just a few years prior and we had a piece of it framed on our wall from my uncle.  I looked at this piece

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Five Favorite Gardening Cookbooks

“I saw a recipe for stuffed artichokes…” “Oh I know where that recipe is,” I said and was out of my chair in an instant. “She has this gift,” Beth said to her visiting sister smiling. “Name a recipe in this house and she can turn to the page.” “I can?” I inquired completely oblivious from the cookbook shelf.  I pulled the first cookbook off the shelf that I thought

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Learning Processes: Gardening with Paradigm Shifts

Let it be a process.   Those were the words I heard last night.   Gentle words.  A hearty reminder. I went back to school last week.  But before I am “official,” I signed up to take a crash course in German.  My PhD program is old school (alte Schule, if you will) – I must learn a research language.  For now, it is a hoop to jump through. A requirement

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Life and death in the garden and in community

Our community lost a dear member this past week.  There is a big hole in our congregation; one that many of us have pondered in conversation how it will be filled? I spent time watching the eclipse this week which happened to be on the same day she passed.  The world faded to gray for just a moment.  I burned my retina trying to see what was happening.  Between waiting

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What’s for dinner: Fig Jam, Prosciutto, Mozzarella Panini

I have a cookbook with this on the front: It’s been teasing me since we got it as a wedding gift almost seven years ago.  But fig jam isn’t something I normally picked up.  I thought figs lived in cookies – something dreamed up in a laboratory somewhere and stuffed between dough and sugar. Then we bought our house and as it turns out, came to discover an old Mission

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Gardening Tips – Favorite books

Spring is in the air… no, really. As witnessed by my last two blogs, the spring air I am breathing is making me rant and pray in my yard while others of you just seek to enjoy your own.  However, I have heard a few little rumors that some are intrigued by what we’re doing and would love help knowing where to start with their own gardening endeavors.  If not,

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