Learning to Speak Again

“I heard you’re back at work. How’s that going for you?” “It’s been really great. But it’s just part-time.” *** “Goodness, your boys are busy. Do you have any other kids?” “Nope, just the two.” *** “I really loved the last essay you wrote. How often do you write?” “Just the one piece a month.” […]

Kneading Enough, A Picture of Empowerment

Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It […]

Si, Se Puede

By Jen Manglos | Twitter: @jenmanglos “I can’t do this.” I’m on my third day of the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain), walking a particularly exhausting downhill trail. Downhill trails are deceptive. They seem like they would be easier, but usually they’re much more difficult than any uphill terrain, because of the care […]

What I Learned Grocery Shopping in Buenos Aires

Here’s how a 20-year-old American student shops for groceries in Buenos Aires. She waits until she has absolutely no food left. She waits until she’s headed home from her last class of the day, usually after 9pm. She doesn’t eat dinner ahead of time. She races around the store, grabbing food frantically as her stomach […]

I’m Done With Distracted Living

How can I become a student of silence when my husband and I can’t communicate until the three children splay out in strange formations in their beds at night? When my brain turns to mush at 8pm and all I want to do is read or watch TV? Thudding feet find me before 6am, though […]