April 2010

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What I'm Reading: Take This Bread

I read a lot. Every night before bed. In the bathroom while I'm brushing my teeth or blow drying my hair. If I happen to catch a meal alone. In addition to an array of magazines, I usually have at least two books going. Currently, my bedside table includes: Anagrams by Lorrie ...

Imitating Love

I'm sure that everyone knows the feeling. One day you hear yourself talking, and you think, "I sound just like my mother" (or father, or best friend, or whoever). I still find myself using the same incredulous tone modeled to me by my boss at my first job out of college. And ...

"I did awesome jumping Mom"

Every Friday when I pick Penny up from school, she has stickers on her back. I ask her about them. And she tells me, "I did a great job with Miss Sharon, Mom!" Miss Sharon is her physical therapist. So this past Friday when I asked, she was a little more specific: "I did awesome ...

How Down Syndrome has Opened my Eyes to the World

A few months after our daughter Penny was born with Down syndrome, a friend of mine lamented the fact that Penny's diagnosis would narrow my field of interest and influence. "I want you to be able to write and talk about more than Down syndrome," she said.

I agreed. I wasn't ...

Yoga and Christianity: What's the Deal?

I have a new post at her.meneutics called, "Yoga, an Exercise in Discernment." It begins:About 16 million adults in the United States practice yoga — an increase of 85 percent from 2004 to 2008 — and the Los Angeles Times reports that both Christian and Jewish groups are incorporating ...

Prayer Is Stupid, Unless...

On Good Friday, Peter and I went to our church to participate in a 24-hour prayer vigil. We've never done something like that before, hired a babysitter on a Friday night so we could go pray with some other people we don't know. It was after that experience that I realized, ...

Fragility and Strength: Or, Can You Believe This Orchid is Still Alive?

I wrote these lines in August of 2007, when Penny was 20 months old: When Penny was born, among the hundreds of gifts we received was an orchid. And this orchid was like no other orchid we had ever seen. It was beautiful, with dozens of fuchsia blooms. I was intimidated enough ...

Sex and Jesus?

So I never did get to tell you more about the Festival of Faith and Writing... Soon, I promise.

For now, I've got a post at Patheos in response to the question: "What's Sex Got to do with It (Christianity, that is)?" (in 100 words or less). My response:

Tenderness. Ecstasy. Vulnerability. ...

Faith and Writing

I returned last night from Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Writing. And I'm marking my calendar for 2012. It's a wonderful conference. I heard great speakers, including Scott Cairns, Mary Carr, Eugene Peterson, Sara Miles, and Donna Freitas. They disagree with each other ...

Understanding God in the midst of Suffering

"A God you understand would be less than yourself." - Flannery O'Connor (The Habit of Being, 354)

I was in church a few weeks ago, and during communion heard the following hymn (and I wish I could figure out how to let you hear it, but I'm not that technologically adept. Click ...

The Joys and Dangers of Spiritual Writing

"Almost any spiritual writer ought to wear thin for you. It's like reading criticism of poetry all the time and not reading the poetry. Spiritual writers have a limited purpose and can be very dangerous, I suppose." –Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being

I'm headed off this morning ...

Picnics and Preschools, Or, What does a budget crisis have to do with my life?

I'm the Vice President of our local Down Syndrome Association, and we have a picnic in the spring. This year, our typical venue was booked. I volunteered the park up the hill from my home. Called the number on the sign. Went into the Parks and Recreation Office to book the event. ...

iHave an iPad, but at what Cost?

I have a new post at Her.meneutics, the women's blog of Christianity Today. It begins: We don't watch much television in our household, but my husband and I both find ourselves wed to the computer. I was looking through a photo album with our daughter last week, and we came ...

By the way, we are NOT the Perfect Family

I've been writing fairly regularly about our family. Telling cute and inspirational anecdotes about Penny, and then there was the sweet story about Penny as William's older sister and their beautiful relationship. Not to mention that photo of the two of them doing Ring Around ...

Is it okay to say Idiot?

I've always loved language. I spoke early, and according to my mother, I wouldn't speak as a child until I could say a word correctly (except for raisins, which I called "sha sha." Go figure.). I stopped taking Science classes midway through high school so I could double up ...

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