Faith and Trees

I pray for trees. I don’t know if this is a middle-aged crazy lady thing or a just a trust-God-in-all-things thing. Perhaps it’s a bit of both. But yesterday, I found myself praying for my trees. Hurricane Isaias seemed like it would be a non-event. Maybe I no longer worry about storms that don’t bring…

“Nobody Likes Me”

One thing experience has taught me about narcissists: after a “nobody likes me” moment they will show up the next day with an even greater view of themselves and how much they contribute to the world and how smart they are. That poor me moment yesterday may have been an actual moment of clarity or…

Perfection Redefined

With the exception of Mary, I don’t think I’ve even once thought about the women in Jesus’ family tree. What a horrible thing to be true about a Christian and a feminist. But a few weeks ago I came across an artist named Tricia Robinson, and was really moved by her work and especially her…

Back To School?

There’s no way we can go back to school and keep children and educators safe. I’ve resigned myself to this, and at the same time it makes me really frustrated and really angry. There are tourists and locals filling restaurants here every night. Bars are open. The local water park is hosting kids and their…

Home

What makes a home is very simple: love and safety. Safety to be your whole self and to say anything, while knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will always be unconditionally loved by the people there. It’s true when you’re 5 and when you’re 75. Home can be a house, apartment, tent,…

Frustrated: Voter Suppression

When two large cities like Lexington and Louisville - one with 350K people and the other with 600K people - each set up only one polling place for their entire city, and it closes at 6 pm, many people can’t or won’t vote. That’s called voter suppression. Very simply, thank you Wikipedia, voter suppression is…

Dads and Dogs and Peace

At least a thousand times in years 1-21, I heard my Dad say If you hang around with dogs, you’ll start barking like a dog. Even now at 46 years of age it sort of makes me want to roll my eyes. I hadn’t thought about that line in years until I recently heard this…

Masks

I’m always wearing a mask. My most important learning of the last week was in those five words, spoken by a woman I admire and look up to and care about. I’m always wearing a mask. My heart sank. How can that be? I work closely with this person, and am in multiple meetings with…