The hevel that you know

Tomorrow is the second Tuesday in November. I find myself happy that 2023 is not a presidential year. We hopefully have 12 more months before another civil war reenactment, where brother rises against brother and son against father. Maybe it’s our country’s legacy to fight our family to the death over state’s rights and racial inequality. I’ve always considered it a duty to vote, even though I was pretty young when I first heard Stalin’s discouraging quote about the one who counted the votes deciding more than the one who cast them. It still felt very American, since some countries don’t have an opportunity to think about their preference for one overlord more than another. However, I often treated voting click to continue reading…

No thanks, I’m full

I’m leaving for California today, and traveling this week, so I didn’t have time to record the post. Someone I love asked me if my morality lived inside me or if it was externally mandated. We were circling whether humanity had an innate sense of right and wrong—because sometimes it doesn’t seem that way. I think he leaned toward “yes,” so there was no excuse for pillaging the earth, the animals and your neighbor. But I waver. You never have to teach a child selfishness. You teach them what is allowed in your house. Most childhood choices toward morality are because of fear of punishment or in search of praise from guardians. Later, the same motivation comes from school, employers click to continue reading…

Gimme some sugar, baby

One recommendation for a creative block is to change something. For the example of a writing book: write in a new location like a coffee shop, or write by hand instead of on your computer. Changing something works for other types of mental blocks as well and that’s why people find solutions in the shower or on a walk instead of while staring at the problem. I used this recently and when I switched up my typical fiction genre I was able to finish a few books. I ended up reading several rom-coms about contracts and fake relationships. I’m not really sure why being bound to a man by contract, who has control over you, especially what you wear and click to continue reading…

Worthy comments (that might not be worth mentioning)

Here are my promised thoughts regarding the book Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. I’d really like to know if you’ve read it or plan to. It’s appropriate that this post is on Independence Day because my word for 2022 is “Free.” I’m so thankful for God’s intent to set the captives free. Books like this can be instrumental. While the book isn’t specifically geared to married women, the authors highlight that God is the “helper” to Israel. I was aware of the comparison of woman as a helper for man to the Holy Spirit as a helper for the Church from a premarital discipleship resource. It’s one image of Christ that a married couple represents. The book made me click to continue reading…

The Glory of Man

We’re in Scottsdale this week, a trip that replaced the canceled excursion to Costa Rica. I want to invite you to read a book with me this summer and I’m giving you lots of time if you’re a procrastinator or slow reader. It’s called Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. I haven’t read it yet, but I have high hopes because I heard one of authors on a podcast. I’ll post and we’ll discuss it in the first blog of July. Or, if I see you in real life, mention it any time you want. That gives you May and June to prepare. A little background As a new momma, I called my pastor to ask him if there were click to continue reading…