Good and “More Good”

Tomorrow morning, I will enjoy the luxury of no alarm clock. It’s Saturday. At some sleepy point, I’ll hear one of the happiest wake-up calls in the world—the coffee maker. It will finish spewing and brewing, and my husband will head down the hall to get me a cupful of morning magic. Yes, you read…

Mastering the Mess

A recent Google Doodle reminded me that my childhood is even further away than I thought. The doodle commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, which was brand-spankin’ new when I was, um, in grade school. The puzzle entertained my classmates and me for many recess hours. I considered it a monumental achievement to…

Living Whole – Then and Now

On a late May day fourteen years ago, my mom called the school office with an urgent message. At the time, I was finishing up my second and last year of teaching a specialty program for gifted and talented elementary students, and since my job for the year was nearly done, it was easy to…

My Most Unlikely Date

It wasn’t my most memorable date (that would require something worse than puking or better than a limo), but it was my most unlikely date. After three failed attempts to find company for a friend’s swing band concert, I was about to give up and just stay home. Then, strangely, Harry came to mind. I…

A New Edition!

It's not available until sometime next spring, but a new edition of Living Whole is in the works and can be pre-ordered now. Here is the preface to the new edition: Writing this book changed my life. I suppose some people who have been changed by writing a book write their next book from a…

Battling Bad Theology

When I was twenty-something and single, I received all sorts of “encouragement” about my marital status from well-meaning family and friends. They’d say things like… God has someone wonderful for you. You just wait—your day is coming. You’ll make somebody a perfect wife. You never know who you’ll meet. I hope you meet someone special;…

Of (Non-)Marriage and (Non-)Motherhood

“So, why aren’t you married?” I thought I had passed the point where people ask me this question. In my experience, it seems to have had something of a statute of limitations on it, and when enough years have passed, no one asks anymore. This is totally fine, because answering it is a bit like…