Around the Table

  November starts the season of family gatherings, holiday parties, and sometimes a cookie exchange or two.  For me, this time of year has always been a little stressful. You see, I want a Good Housekeeping kind of table setting, but I don’t have a decorator’s...

Finding the Extra in My Ordinary

“What’s new?” It’s a question I hear all the time amongst friends. When asked of me, I seldom seem to have a good response. What is new? I don’t want to answer with “Well, yesterday I got all the laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away.” Because that seems a bit ....

Mom’s Best Advice Ever

We’ve all been given advice from our moms over the years. I think everyone’s mom has told them to “always wear clean underwear, you never know when you’ll be in an accident.” As it turns out, this advice is somewhat true; you never know when you’ll be in an accident....

Grabbing the Next Bar

I’ve never been terribly fond of the circus. Sure, it was impressive to watch the elephants stand on one foot and see the tigers jump through the burning hoops, but there was just something about it I didn’t like. Perhaps it’s the whole three-ring idea. How could I be...

Looking to the Problem Solver

I had lunch with a friend last week and, in the course of our discussion, she told me she’d been listening to podcasts by Shauna Niequist. Shauna had been asking each of her guests this question: “What is one spiritual practice you’ve been doing that is helping or...