Early Risers

It’s been a few months since I started trying to get up at 5:30 a.m. in a desperate attempt to have some uninterrupted quiet time to work. What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t get any easier getting up at that time; I still fight with the snooze button on a daily basis and usually […]

Spring has sprung in my soul!

“Is the spring coming?” he asked. “What is it like?” “It is the sun shining on the rain, and the rain falling on the sunshine.”  — Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) My lethargy has vanished. I think my body was just in hibernation until May started and then, bam, I’m feeling so energetic this morning […]

Why I don’t think God is an anti-sex Zeus hurling lightning bolts at any sign of lust

There’s a magic formula I was taught as a kid that claimed to guarantee lifelong happiness: If you (1) don’t have premarital sex, (2) marry a Christian, and (3) raise your kids in the church, then you will live happily ever after. I believed it for years, struggling to follow the rules because who wants […]

The Jean Jacket

I wore my jean jacket to nursery school drop-off this morning. Admittedly, I was feeling fashionably courageous, pairing it with a new skirt, leather boots, and a funky scarf. As soon as I shrugged myself into its familiar shape, little A. yelled, “Whoa, it looks like jeans! What are you wearing, Mama?” He’s never seen […]