Keep it Simple: An Advent Resource Guide

Many of you arrived here by signing up for my Advent audio guide, Journeying to Bethlehem Together, and for that I'm grateful. It's a joy to have you here as we hold longing together. I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to observing Advent, and if not a total newbie, at the very least … [continue]

Journeying to Bethlehem: An Advent Audio Devotional

Hello, dear readers! I have a small gift for you this season. I've been quietly working behind the scenes on audio Advent devotional just for you! Is Advent one more thing you don't have time for this holiday season? Are you unsure where to begin? Are you already tired of the ads, the over … [continue]

Generosity at the Thanksgiving Table

The frozen bananas on a stick were the straw that broke my pre-pubescent back. After sharing several Thanksgiving meals over the years with family friends, I’d resigned myself to celebrating with dehydrated potatoes whipped up from a box and various side dishes poured from a can. But fruit … [continue]

How to Live a Listening Life

My husband and I sat across from each other with menus and a white linen tablecloth between us. Soft tones murmured around us as glasses clinked and waiters shuffled by with heavy white dishes. In an attempt to muffle the ambient noise, I tried to cup my hand around my ear without looking obvious. I … [continue]

One: Living in Harmony with our Inner and Outer Lives

"Ah, not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner--what is it? if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep with the winds of homecoming." ~Rainer Maria Rilke (Ah, Not to be Cut Off) I know urbanites who possess the soul of … [continue]