"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life." -from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Last December I started a tradition of watching a movie by myself once I got home from the last … Continue reading putting to rout all that is not life
There's a spark somewhere that I hit sometimes when I write. It doesn't always happen, and for the life of me, I can't figure out the alchemy to make it happen when I desperately want to sometimes. Sometimes it takes time, thought, quiet, a few days' rumination. Sometimes, there's a holy moment of incredible joy … Continue reading what matters
So I've been accidentally working on the chunk of story I spawned in Fiction Writing class a couple years ago that someday might grow into at least a small novel. If you've read Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, ...this is my "Arthur." If you've read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's a … Continue reading Remembering / Not Forgetting
Watching Bowling For Columbine, finally. They're talking about school violence, and I still wonder what I would have turned out like, had I not been delivered from my own little hellish experience in Glenwood. I know the three years I was there did enough damage on my ability to relate to people --I still assume … Continue reading Thoughts on “Bowling for Columbine,” Back to School Edition
Mark 9:19-24 "And He answered them, 'O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled … Continue reading Unbelief
In the quest to answer the question, "Who would Jesus vote for?", that question has also come up. I think of stuff like September 11, and about Katrina and the response there. I think of how much more difficult our life is now than it was four years ago. Don't think I'm blaming our life situation on … Continue reading What kind of America do I want to live in?
I am in a little bit of shock. On my bouncing through the internet, I came upon a message board post by a CRC member who holds to the "full quiver" (holding to the idea that "God should plan our families") ideology. She stated that our church policy is officially against the use of birth control. Knowing … Continue reading Little-Known Facts about the Christian Reformed Church
If this post doesn't make any sense, don't be too concerned. If I wrote something that looks horribly offensive or condescending, it wasn't intended and I apologize. This post was really just to sort things out in my own mind (and to see where y'all are at ...it's been kind of quiet around here). I … Continue reading Still most of y’all come out confused.
We are truly blessed to be living where we are with an excellent Christian school just 1.5 miles down the road. As a matter of fact, the kids' schooling was a major factor in our moving back to Wisconsin. Had we remained in Arizona, we would not have been able to afford to keep Elanor … Continue reading Ramblings and Thoughts on Christian Education
It recently occurred to me that so much of the current trend of "simplifying" involves an obsession with our relationship to stuff. Does it seem strange to anyone else that people so interested in simplifying so often are, once it comes down to it, really obsessed with stuff? Okay, so maybe this is confusing. I'll … Continue reading A paradox…