When the Results Aren’t What You Expected: A Labyrinth Walk

The first time I heard of a labyrinth walk, the idea peaked my curiosity. I filed it away in the part of my brain where I keep a small collection of things I want to experience someday--like photographing a hummingbird or growing a blowsy, lush rose bush with blooms the color of sunset. I've yet … [continue]

When You Don’t Want to do the Dishes

"A sign hangs on the wall in a New Monastic Christian community house: "Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes."" ~Tish Harrison Warren in Liturgy of the Ordinary I sigh when it comes time to pull something edible together for dinner--my recipes spin on an endless repeat. I huff … [continue]

Katharina & Martin Luther: A Book Giveaway

**This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Michele!** When Michelle told me she was writing a book about the marriage of Katharina and Martin Luther, I imagined her sitting among stacks and stacks of dry historical documents in a library carrel, possibly stress eating chocolate. I saw … [continue]

Friendship in the Internet Age

Three times, I attempted to visit the Tenement Museum in New York City with a friend before we succeeded. Twice we drove in, sat in traffic for a few hours, then navigated around construction zones, only to find lot after city parking lot full. The third time, we rode the train to Penn Station, then … [continue]

Making Peace with Our Bodies

In my early twenties, a friend invited me to a performance of the Royal Ballet in London. I'd only been to the ballet once as a child, and it had left me with the impression that I was on the outside looking in on something fragile and untouchable, but so very lovely. I agreed to join her, and … [continue]