When Seasons Don’t Fit Into Neat Boxes

I recently visited an abbey about two hours north of us, near the Wyoming border, for a personal retreat. My plan was to spend a couple days in reflection and silence. I brought way too many books, my journal, my computer (just in case), and my hiking shoes. I wanted to rest, read, and reflect. […]

Twenty Years From Now, Will I Be Disappointed?

When I was in college, living in Paris, one of my favorite quotes was from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in […]

No Other Gods: An Interview With Ana Levy-Lyons

When I first received a copy of No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments, I’ll admit that I put off reading it. Growing up in the church, I thought I knew all about these ten ways. When I did read it, my first thought was regret that I had waited so long! (In reality, […]

Mystics and Misfits: An Interview with Christiana Peterson

Even though I love the genre of memoir, it’s rare for me to read one and really connect with the author. I usually enjoy them for a differing point of view or a perspective I hadn’t considered. While I’ve never lived in an intentional community and have only spent a month of my life farming, […]

A Gradual Release

In sixth grade, we had to create a “mousetrap vehicle.” As I remember, we were given very little instruction beyond the requirement that our creation was propelled solely by the snap of a mousetrap for a certain distance. In the days before YouTube, I still remember struggling at home with my parents, trying to figure […]