Money, Gremlins, and the Voices in My Head

Recently I did something I never thought I would do. I walked into the bank and made an appointment to see a financial planner. For some people this is a very routine thing to do, but not for me. Simply put: I do not have a lot of money. I worked in non-profits for most […]

The Sacrament of Ordinary Work

I had no idea how much stock I put in prestige until it was taken away. For more than a decade I was Senior Editor at a large non-profit. It was a title that has prestige built right into it. When you say “Senior Editor,” people automatically have a pretty decent idea of what you […]

Anxiety, Fertilizer and the Promised Land

I don’t know what anxiety feels like for anyone else, but for me it feels like a fist reaching in to grab and twist my stomach. It is pain and fear and worry and regret. It is a loud voice of accusation that sends me scurrying for cover, and running back over the past few […]

Step Up to the Tee

I signed up to play a round a golf with my team from work. This might seem pretty unremarkable, but it is shockingly out of character for me. I am terrible at sports—all sports. I’ve never owned a sports uniform or a jersey with my name across the back. I have not willingly participated in […]

Church Should Be Safe

Growing up, church often felt like boot camp. We were supposed to be ready to verbally wage holy war at any moment. We needed to be prepared to “give an answer for the hope” we had so we practiced canned answers to questions no one was asking. We were taught to be on guard for […]