Dishtowels and the Aware-mess of Being Imperfect

Dishtowels and the Aware-mess of Being Imperfect

This morning I washed the last breakfast plate clean, set it into the dish drainer, and burst into tears. My life was kinda like that movie Crash when everything comes together just so as to cause this major collision. First, my husband and I—separated for almost four...
Two Corpses Walk into a Bar…

Two Corpses Walk into a Bar…

This week I was reminded why I decided to go into teaching. And no, it wasn’t some fulfilling teachable moment I had with a student or the epiphanic stare that tends to follow a windfall of understanding in a 13-year-old’s eyes. It was much more selfish than that. I...
Tattoos and Taming the Tongue

Tattoos and Taming the Tongue

I believe that most kids should be institutionalized from ages 11-14 since they so readily display Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities). Either that or they’re victims of an alien body snatching conspiracy to bring down our entire civilization one...
A Fish ’n’ Loaf Faith

A Fish ’n’ Loaf Faith

I can be such a twit. I imagine Jesus shaking his head and sighing deeply over me just like he did with the Pharisees and even his own disciples (Mark 8:11-21). They just didn’t get it. About 15 years ago when my son was first diagnosed with autism, we heard about a...
In the Company of a “Bastard” Like Jesus

In the Company of a “Bastard” Like Jesus

Last year, the teacher across the hall from me at school was nominated Teacher of the Year by her peers. It was my first year back in the teaching field after 12 years, and I didn’t know my peers well enough to vote with any kind of conviction, so I...
What’s in a Name?: Finding Our Real Identity

What’s in a Name?: Finding Our Real Identity

I remember when I was 17 waking up nearly naked in a strange bed next to a young man I barely recognized. I also remember gathering up my remaining clothes and fleeing. Later, I couldn’t help asking myself what had happened. I knew I had gone to a friend’s...
Snow Globe 2: Seeing the Big Picture

Snow Globe 2: Seeing the Big Picture

Snow globes. Their magic lies in our objective view of their finite and encapsulated world. We have a hard time imagining living inside that tiny world and yet we do it every day when we view this world as the end-all, be-all of life. We are specks on a speck in a...

When God Leaves You Hanging, Part 2

If you haven’t read “When God Leaves You Hanging, Part 1”, click to go there first. “God left me hanging.” It’s a phrase created by someone who believed in God, but was impatient for Him to act in their life. Like a million others of us. We pray and...