Tips for long hair care

Growing stuff, Life around home

On Raglan Road of an autumn day I saw her first and knew That her dark hair would weave a snare That I might one day rue I saw the danger and I passed Along the enchanted way And I said Let grief be a fallen leaf At the dawning of the day. –Patrick Kavanagh […]

January 7, 2014

In which we return to hair

Life around home

Fair tresses man’s imperial race ensnare, And beauty draws us with a single hair. —Alexander Pope But surely you see my Lady Out in the garden there Rivaling the glittering sunshine With a glory of golden hair. –Arthur Somervell Her eyes are big moonlit pools of darkness, and silken curls fall over her shoulders. One […]

January 6, 2014

Houses of worship

Out and about

Confession: If I were choosing a Meadville area church to attend based on the beauty of the building, I would choose either   St. Mary of Grace (Water St), which is the darlingest,         or First Presbyterian (Liberty St), which is the most beautiful.               I […]

May 28, 2012

Heroines with skin


When I wrote about beauty, I promised to sketch portraits for you soon. Here are a few: pictures of women I respect and admire. 1. Naomi is one of the brightest, most fun and articulate people I know. She’s in her early 20’s, forging her own way in the world. Her mind is clear and […]

May 26, 2012

The benediction

Brain things

This has felt like a sermon, and I am relieved to come to the close of my inadvertent mini-series on femininity. Here are the two last things I have to say about beauty. Ask yourself carefully if they are true, and listen to the Spirit’s voice. 1. There’s a natural beauty God gives. And He […]

May 9, 2012


Brain things

So. I’m standing in the shower the other morning, still groggy with sleep, still furious from yesterday, and the day before. Furious with God about these feminine dilemmas that don’t make sense, the desperate longing for more and the impossibility of getting it. This girl who’s passionately in love with solitude, independence, adventure, creation, exploration, […]

May 8, 2012

Background to the secret: a lecture on beauty

Brain things

(Fasten your seatbelts. This one takes a bit to develop.) Corporate Confession 1: We humans are obsessed with feminine beauty. We measure it by radiant complexions, sparkling eyes, lustrous hair, and Barbie figures. Corporate Confession 2: We human Christians are also obsessed with feminine beauty. Some of us measure it by radiant complexions, sparkling eyes, […]

May 7, 2012