A divorced friend of mine was describing her long-running relationship with her current boyfriend. I gracefully inquired if there were any marriage plans on the horizon. “Well, I don’t think so,” she replied. I tactfully marveled at her boyfriend’s iron sexual self-control, but she volunteered the information that he didn’t need any self-control because they had a great sex life. They are both avowed Christians, and I marveled that apparently while I was napping, the Sixth Commandment had been repealed... Read More
Tiffany & Co., the company known for their luxury jewelry and little blue boxes, made news last week when it unveiled its Everyday Objects Collection.
It created new items because “we believe in utilizing beautiful things not only on special occasions, but also in everyday life. Every piece in our newest collection perfectly blends form, function and quality to make ordinary objects extraordinary.”
The ordinary to extraordinary items?
A sterling silver tin can for $1,000.
A yo-yo for $300.
To help... Read More
Three months ago I found myself out of a job. On Friday I was working 35 hours a week and bringing home a good paycheck. On Saturday I attended a meeting and realized to continue working in that capacity would mean cutting ethical corners. And on Sunday, after seeking the advice of two trusted friends and my husband, I quit, effective immediately.
Remember the account in the Bible when Peter got out of a boat and started walking across a... Read More
Perhaps you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s terrifying dystopian novel by that name. He borrowed the title from Act V of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and it comes from the mouth of Prospero’s shipwrecked daughter as she contemplates her new life on a remote island:
MIRANDA: Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!
PROSPERO: ’Tis new to thee.
The pace of social change in our times might make... Read More
“Tingling pain in my wrist”
“How to change careers late in life”
“How to improve my marriage”
“Why isn’t my kid sleeping?”
“Not enough money for college”
“Mind racing in the middle of the night”
“Time management tips for super-busy people”
Our Google searches reveal a lot about us. Comb through my internet history and my library book check-out history and you’d learn a lot about my struggles.
You’d discover which aspects of new motherhood haven’t gone well for me,... Read More
Just one week ago, the phone rang at 11:40 P.M.
Her shaking voice said, “Mom, I’m okay, but . . .” Then she told me how two cars collided in front of her on the freeway and spun out. She had seen headlights coming at her. Thankfully, she was about four seconds behind the accident, which gave her enough time to come to a complete stop and avoid hitting the other cars.
When she got home, we hugged her and... Read More
This week many people in the Christian church noted the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Back in 1517, the Catholic Church was selling indulgences—basically sending the message that for the right amount of cash, you could buy forgiveness. On October 31, a man named Martin Luther posted 95 statements on a church door in Germany, highlighting why some of the practices of the day weren’t found in the Bible—and challenging anyone to debate him on these points.
Now that we... Read More
Protestants are taking special note of October 31, 2017, for that date marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his famous “95 Theses.” Although written in Latin and intended for scholarly debate within the university environment, the statements’ powerful challenges caught someone’s attention immediately, were translated into German, and were typeset quickly for publication. Copies began circulating. When Luther delivered a series of sermons denouncing the effects of the sale of indulgences and when they too were printed... Read More
As a military family, we have been members at a couple of churches and visited even more. We’ve held worship in our home. We’ve worshiped in large congregations. We’ve worshiped in small churches. Because we were always meeting new people and looking for a new church to call our own, I often asked people, “Where do you go to church?” And new people to my community often asked me too.
Now, I know that as a writer I’m pickier about... Read More
The stories of assault, abuse, and rape perpetuated by media giant Harvey Weinstein are piling up. The long list of women—from famous names to ones I’ve never heard of—who are speaking up is eye-opening and upsetting. For some, the harassment happened years ago. It’s not that these women didn’t want to tell, but allegedly Weinstein had surrounded himself with enablers—from the people who placed the women in vulnerable situations to lawyers who would threaten to ruin whistle-blowers financially. His power... Read More