Cultivating A Holy Curiosity

Every day I stand and watch this intersection of four roads that is such a symbolic intersection of all of life. I look out over my current little corner of the world through a smudged floor-to-ceiling window. From the time I pull back the paisley curtain, blinking at the light pouring in my room, to […]

The Hard Work of Hope

For several years now I’ve skipped, or seriously toned down, my activities on December 31st and have gone out to greet the new year in the morning instead. I like to drive out to the ocean and stand in the cold wet air and breathe in all that a new year has to offer. I like […]

Untangling My Twisted Theology of Creation

By Natalie Patton | Twitter: @naticakes1016  It was the time of day in Bangkok when dirt and dust from sidewalk chalk covered my kids. With darkened faces, glowing eyes, and wild hair, they looked like creatures from another planet, doing loops on bikes in the shade of our high-rise condo. My six year old loves riding […]

This is How My Body Speaks

I think of myself as a pretty laid-back kind of gal. Most days I’m able to let go of the minor frustrations of daily life. When more major problems appear, I can usually take a step back and acknowledge the pain, confusion or hurt without getting pulled under by them. Once a month this changes. […]

Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s cheeks are still soft with baby chub, though her body has lengthened. I stare at her four-year-old arms and legs sprawled out on the bottom […]