A Good Friday Reflection from a Mother to a Mother


Literology

Blood Moon I hold my son closer on Good Friday, the day another mother could not hold her own. I cut crusts from turkey sandwiches, send him off for a preschool party where he will find plastic eggs and joy in grass. Another mother stands in sand, sees her son given over to death for […]

April 3, 2015

Do I Bother You Like Plexus? – #NPM15


Literology

I try not to talk about my weight in the same way I try not to talk about my children at work. But I’ve become the elephant in the room, conspicuous as a Cheerio stuck to my sleeve, the constant yogurt on my shoulder. Weight is easier to carry than pictures of my children. I […]

April 2, 2015

Dirty Apples and the Friends Who Eat Them – #NPM15


Literology

She wasn’t scared when I inquired about the state of her apples, red and suspicious instead of delicious, looking as though they’d been painted to look like mimes, then wiped clean by a lazy person who may have mumbled, “oil based” and “impossible,” my go-to words for laundry and for art.   She said, “I […]

April 1, 2015

If Readers Were Like Runners…


Literology

I’m convinced my friends are among the smartest and most compassionate on the planet when they, year after year, go to Disney World to run their half-marathons and 10Ks and don’t invite me. What on this earth would a thirty-something desk-fat workaholic do on an exer-cation in the middle of February? The answer is fall […]

February 21, 2015

If Anne Lamott Were My Godmother


Literology

In the parallel universe where there exists a Catholic me with a godmother, I call Anne Lamott. Whenever I finish an Anne Lamott book, I feel like our tin-can telephone string has just been pulled taut again, and our houses, never more than yards apart, are somehow dually warmed, root to rafter, by just our […]

January 18, 2015

Book Review: Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted


Book Reviews, Theology

I first met Jen Hatmaker on the pages of 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess. Her story of moving away from our mindless materialism into more conscious consumption is illustrated through a monthly endeavor to sacrifice luxury for the sake of peace and good stewardship. The experiment she conducts is extreme: eating only seven foods […]

August 17, 2014

Book Giveaway: Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker


Book Reviews

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqzsbeXg7Lk?list=UUHHf4WwhpCqB74OI_LJclEg&w=560&h=315] All the text is backwards (mea culpa), so just pretend I encrypted it for the Little Orphan Annie club. Get out your decoder rings! I may or may not include some Ovaltine with the book for the winner. No promises there. Here’s a recap in case you couldn’t make it through the three-minute […]

August 11, 2014

Last Call for Summer Reading!


The Little Literati

In June I challenged readers to take part in The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge, and I was overwhelmed by the response. From Jacksonville, Florida, to Missoula, Montana, Little Literati picked their books and started off on their separate reading adventures! My littles were included in this challenge (although they’ll be going prizeless; my being […]

July 25, 2014