Remembering the Total Solar Eclipse on Good Friday

Last summer we headed for the path of totality. It was the middle of August when we set out for Sublimity in the pickup. It 's my favorite season here in Oregon: sunshine, cornflower skies, and fat blueberries, ripe and sweet in the dusty fields. We bought the cardboard glasses. We studied the maps. We gathered the supplies: big kids, hoodies, fraying quilts, chunky homemade Monster cookies, the good camera, and dark-roast coffee. Before the day fully dawned, clear and bright, we piled into the pickup and drove to an open field between farmlands. It felt like a party. Like Continue Reading

8 Soulful Things to Try at Your Next Retreat

Retreat. It should be a refuge and a shelter from the wild places. A place to grow strong again. Women's Retreat. What happens when you hear those words? Do you lean in and sign up immediately? Do you wait for a personal invitation? Do you cringe and hope no one asks if you’re going? Are you already crafting your excuse? Do you remember that left out feeling from the last one years ago when you vowed never to go again? Read on, darling, and let's make going on retreats or trips of any kind worth it again. When I Continue Reading

The Church as Front Yard People Who Sing from the Heart

"Hospitality is simply love on the loose.". Joan Chittister Recently three threads of my life were braided into one single strand: my one word for the year, a book that captures simple, honest hospitality and my church family. Whenever scattered things come together, I feel the hum of God at work. It is usually subtle at first, then the hum gathers momentum until it becomes song. That is what happened. A word My one word for the year of 2017 is canvas. I have been thinking of canvas as a space to explore possibilities, an open space ready Continue Reading

My June Books for You

It's what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. Oscar Wilde I left supper simmering on the stove and sat out back on the porch swing with a book. I noticed all the purple I had growing, saliva, lavender full of buzzing bees and the turning hydrangea. Have you ever noticed just how low to the ground some birds swoop across the yard? This kind of savoring of slower moments and the way the sun slants long and golden make summer so endearing. Even when the Whippersnappers were littles Continue Reading

What if Sabbath is a Canvas?

Acknowledging rest is not a recipe with five easy steps, but a reorientation toward what makes me hungry in the first place. We must rest in order for him to rise within us. Shelly Miller It seems we are all tired, but we have forgotten how to rest, really lay down our burdens. To think of a whole day of rest makes us only think of escaping to a chaise lounge on a sandy shore under a cloudless sky with no responsibility. But is that really all there is to it? Quick. When you hear Sabbath, what is your gut Continue Reading