January 2010

Grocery Stores and God's Grace

We went to the grocery store after church yesterday. We were out of milk. And bacon. And bananas. And a whole long list of items. And while we were at it, I remembered the list of things I had been meaning to buy at Target. So we divided and conquered and came home an hour later, ...

So what exactly is Down syndrome?

Lisa Belkin wrote about Down syndrome yesterday on her blog for the New York Times: "Should Down Syndrome Be Cured?" I submitted this comment:The language used from the title of this post through many of the comments implies that Down syndrome is a disease, a sickness that ...

Race and Religion

New post on the Park Forum: Desegregating the Sunday School Hour

Ugly Grief

We traveled as a family to New Orleans over the holidays. For the first time, Penny asked us, "Where's Grand Penny?"

She knows that Grand Penny, her namesake, her grandmother, is from New Orleans. So why didn't we see her when we were there? We tried to explain. "Grand Penny ...


Ten years ago, my dad called to talk to my husband. "I hear you're working too hard," Dad said.

"I don't have a choice," Peter replied.

"You always have a choice," Dad said.

And a few months later, Peter chose to leave his job as an analyst in an investment bank and work for a ...


For those of you who live in the tri-state area, I wanted to let you know I will be preaching at 8:00 and 10:00 am this Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in New Providence, NJ. I will also be speaking and reading from Penelope Ayers at the Adult Forum at 11:15 that same ...

Holy Inefficiency

Christmas Eve, 11 pm. It was the first time since we've had children that my husband and I attended "midnight mass," and I had forgotten how long it took. At home, we attend a non-denominational church, but we had decided to go for the "smells and bells" of the Episcopal liturgy ...

Thanks to Andy Crouch

Happy New Year!

My celebrations started early when I read that Andy Crouch (author of Culture Makers, a book I highly recommend), had reviewed my book, Penelope Ayers, as one of his favorites of the year. Click here to read the review (scroll down once you get to the page), ...

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