The Red Couch: Welcoming the Stranger Discussion

It was a small bolt of red cloth that captured the world’s attention. A tiny fragile body. Someone else’s child. In that moment of seeing, the stranger on the other side of the world became our neighbor. It shattered the illusion of distance and difference. We found common ground in our grief. The tragedy of the […]

RED COUCH: Welcoming the Stranger Introduction

My family history is one of skirting modern-day immigration regulations. On one branch, my ancestors arrived soon after the passengers on the Mayflower, helping to build the new Massachusetts Bay Colony. Others arrived pre-World War 1 and worked their way to the Midwest. Regardless of route, my family arrived in an era when a boat […]

We Start at a Loss

I am at a loss. In the aftermath of the U.S. election I see the national terrain differently. I see people differently. The veneer is gone. I can’t unsee what’s been revealed. I made time to lament for seven days. Black was all I saw, all I felt, and so all I wore. The grief […]

An Awkward and Beautiful Journey {PLUS: Book Giveaway}

{Leave a thoughtful comment on this post to be entered to win the book, Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture!} By Lisa Scandrette | Twitter: @Lisa_Scandrette I am really craving a banana, but it has been a year and a half since bananas regularly graced our counter tops. Our son, Noah, came home […]

The Legacy of Potatoes in the Oven

Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for my sisters and me to have friends over for dinner. My mom isn’t a gourmet chef, but she can cook a meal that is warm, delicious and nourishing. It was nothing too fancy for a weeknight dinner cooked by a working mom, but it was homemade nevertheless and always […]