A plain and joyful face: in which we meet Sheila Petre


Literature

Sheila J. Petre is one of my favorite Anabaptist writers. She has a delightful way with words, she’s human and fallible, and she’s shockingly funny. Sheila lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Michael and their seven children ages ten and under. In addition to nurturing these favorite people, she gardens, writes, laughs, hosts foreign exchange […]

December 14, 2017

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

The Daily Lampoon


Brain things

From Meadville, Pennsylvania, this is Omi Werd reporting. ***** The staff and team members at Confessions were blown away last week by heavy winds of unprecedented interest. Mrs. Zook, author of Confessions, stated herself both “delighted” and “a little overwhelmed” as page views temporarily skyrocketed and comments flew thick and fast. Zook wishes to thank the community […]

June 29, 2014

Yarn


Brain things

Sometimes my life spins past me Like a ball of yarn bouncing too fast For me to catch a tail And weave the stories that make sense of it all The colors are mixed. The dark the light and the heavy The scarlet threads of celebration All twist in circles round an ever-spinning ball When […]

June 2, 2014

Introducing flower journaling


Something from nothing

Recently, while browsing the web in search of ideas for simple homemade journals, I stumbled across this gem–how to make a book with only paper, one rubber band, and a “backbone” of choice, such as a twig… …a pencil …or chopsticks. {Check out the instructions here, from twowritingteachers.} It’s too cool an idea, and adaptable […]

February 8, 2014