We all returned to the circle; sitting cross-legged we scooted in a little closer in order to reach the hands of our neighbors. Right away I noticed her hand, with her knee touching my knee, was trembling, so held on a little tighter. She responded with a tighter grip. I lowered my hand to rest… Continue reading In the Safety of a Circle
“Uncover the sacred in the profane,” she said. I sat in this very room for the first time over twenty years ago. There were couches in the corner where we gathered for Wednesday night Bible study. The lights were dimmed and a candle was lit. The bowl began to sing and our breathing deepened. We… Continue reading The Sacred and the Profane
I was surrounded by people who write. Immediately I was asked what I write about. It was freeing — and I was grateful to have a one sentence response that I had thought of in advance! We exchanged cards. We encouraged one another to keep going. It was a beautiful start to my day. Like… Continue reading Have Fun in the Dark
The number is actually higher since not every step I’ve taken resulted in a blog post! Step 1: Create a website and write the first postIn preparation for my three month sabbatical, I decided to start a blog to keep track of what I experienced and learned during my intentional time away from work. I… Continue reading Step 279 and Counting
Perhaps I’m exaggerating slightly, but I am impressed that I’ve almost finished nine days of Whole30. Day three was the hardest day so far. Maybe it’s because I went to a birthday party in the afternoon and then another one that evening. It was hard being around all those carbs and sugars and not be… Continue reading Day Nine and I’m Still Alive
To the person who feels the need to comment on every news story or Facebook post about the immorality of anything outside of the heteronormative life, I can’t change your mind. I know this, that’s why I don’t engage in that way. I know that if I share my story in the comment section I… Continue reading I Can’t Change Your Mind
Recently I said to my husband: “I’m really good at a lot of things. There are a lot of things I do really well, but when it comes to food, I’m the worst. This is the hardest thing about being an adult.” It’s true. I can pay the bills on a regular basis. I can… Continue reading I’m Telling a New Story
Not necessarily related to this post other than maybe I remember something from way back when... and a picture of us as cute kids makes me feel better. 😉 I remember standing up front in the old sanctuary with all the other little kids singing in the choir. I remember singing “swing low, sweet chariot,… Continue reading The Church I Remember
At one point in time I checked the “divorced” box when I filled out forms. When I was just a few days past my 21st birthday, I stood in front of my fiance and my pastor and made a commitment — a covenant. I stood in front of our family and friends, in front of… Continue reading I Made a Choice. They Didn’t.
Two weeks ago I had dinner with a good friend of mine. It had been awhile since we’d been together, so we spent some time catching up. It wasn’t long, however, before we went deeper — that’s what I love about our friendship, we don’t stay on the surface for long. That look on her… Continue reading With or Without an Object? That is the Question.