Socks, sins, summer’s end


Life around home

Confession: I was feeling all Mother Teresa about myself this summer for loving and sheltering a flock of needy children, until I realized that I was harassing my sons into turning their socks right side out before tossing them in the laundry so I didn’t have to touch the sweat and dirt. That was my […]

October 2, 2015

Changes coming down


Brain things

Confession: I am missing something from my days. It’s called Margin. What a funny thing margin is, always hanging around the edges, not out in the open where it’s easily calculated or measured. You don’t know what you got till it’s gone. I’m starting a few changes to my blog for the next few months. […]

June 1, 2015

Productive controversy


People

There’s no doubt about it: Mennonite bloggers are getting braver. Ooh, and this is a good thing, for voices to be found and viewpoints to be expressed. It does have its issues. I read three articles in the past couple of weeks, by three of them— (Don’t you love the lumping all-conclusiveness of “them”? As […]

May 12, 2015

New stuff on our sidebar!


Brain things, Celebrations

You always knew this would happen, right? You knew that sooner or later, the pristine purity of my writing would be compromised by the cold world of materialistic capitalism, and I would become a puppet writer for Mennonite businesses. Yep. That day is upon us. From here on out it’s going to be all about […]

August 1, 2014

Displacement


Brain things

The main caution I have about blogging (reading or writing) is a traditional conservative-Christian concern about—well, really anything new. What is it replacing? Isn’t that a nice conservative tack? “Not so sure about that there new-fangled tractor. What’ll I do with ma horses?” Blogs take time, no argument there. You heard in the interviews a […]

April 5, 2014

Personal reflections, largely surprise


Brain things

Confession: More than anything else, blogging for two years has meant living in perpetual surprise. You surprised me. First of all, you surprised me just by showing up. And then you surprised me with your responses, your warm living unmanageable responses. You’re talkative or taciturn when I least expect it. Your agreement startles me as […]

April 4, 2014