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  • When You are Broken: The Now-Traumatic Disorder of Everyday Life

    On Thursday, August 08 th, 2013

    They sell anti-aging cream to women like us. And Spanx. And glossy checkout line headliners that splay this shock that over 40-something women can still startlingly turn heads — as if having no wrinkle lines in your skin is somehow an accomplishment of galactic proportions and worthy of worship – and you can just be emptying your cart in checkout #6 and end up feeling more ...

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  • When Lent & Valentines Collide: 40 Days of ThanksLoving

    On Wednesday, February 13 th, 2013

    It wasn’t 2 weeks before those 40 days of Lent that he’d turned 40. I’d kissed the old man in the kitchen and his 4 days growth had rubbed me like a matted burr and he’d laughed like a free man and said he’d never expected 40 to feel so young. I had thought we’d celebrate and loose the farm for the first real time. That one of the elders from our motley faith fam...

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  • The Sister Promise: What We make to Our Sisters *Updated with Video

    On Friday, February 08 th, 2013

    It was after the brownies, when I’m dabbing up the calorie crumbs, that she just spills this confession like the folds of some priestly robes. She says she’s damaged him. As if you can throw a kid a glare that punches him in the gut so hard you chip off a bit of his fragile soul. Ask me how I know. I stop mid-chocolate dab. I catch her eye. It only takes a mome...

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  • Why Weak is the New Strong: Radical Right Where You Are {Pt4}

    On Wednesday, February 06 th, 2013

    So I fell extremely anemic in the fall. Could hardly drag out of bed, felt like jello, looked like a gaunt ghost, and got winded walking from the sink to the stove. I’d draped arms around the Farmer’s neck and told him I was sure I was right broke. So the nurse at the doctor’s office drew this vial of blood to see what was the deal. I dragged myself bac...

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  • When You are Weary of Vanilla Christianity

    On Wednesday, January 16 th, 2013

    For some ridiculous reason, I keep carrying around green sparkly earrings in my purse. Like  I’m hoping someday that I’ll get to wear them — and there just ain’t no Dave Brown way that’s going to happen this side of the great divide and I’m the best with this. Big Mama, she’d wrapped them up and sent them from the great state of Texas ...

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  • Change the Prepositions in Your Life & You Change Your Life

    On Thursday, January 03 rd, 2013

    The morning after Christmas, what I want most is to forget the saran-wraped left over turkey in the fridge and the pine needles tinkling Charlie Brown-like off the mantle, and just run away. Just high tail it out of Dodge and mid-life and strangling regrets and the centrifugal force of time. How do you run away hard from who you are and who you fail and who you find impos...

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