Because I enjoy self-improvement thingies — books, seminars, email-a-day oojers — I recently signed up for a “stop procrastinating!” course. (They’re all courses, just in different formats.) I’m promised 90 lessons scaled to 5 minutes of my time each day. They arrive as emails, sometimes with lovely printables attached, and so far they are delivering […]

total environment

Now that My Sweetie’s long-honed gifts as a project manager are no longer being slurped up in paid-work (Dear Reader: he retired!), he’s giving his attention to a set of projects we’ve long day-dreamed about — overhauling our kitchen and our master bath. And also to completing couple of extremely overdue basic aesthetic elements — […]

whose miracle?

Jesus said to Peter — “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” —Matthew 17:27 NIV . “[T]oo […]

wishing for mortar

So My Sweetie has retired from daily work-for-hire, and is now sifting through what — as far as I can tell — drifted up into the weekend-time for the past twenty-five-some, forty-some, years… deciding what he will tackle, and what he’ll tackle first, while he watches me. As I, too, shift gears. In August I […]

systems thinker

When I say I inadvertently think in systems, here’s one of the things I mean: Monday I went walking ‘round a crushed granite trail with a friend. It was raining. In the moment, that was fine, even amusing… It was only when I stepped up our sidewalk and heard, “grunch, grunch, grunch,” that my brain […]


poetry agency-experiences (that is, teaching) connecting with God standing on (as?) a bridge between people and the divine academia: reading, writing, talking about reading & writing, writing some more… letting time flow as itself, not hurrying it (or grinding into stasis) listening well with people knowing across my four dimensions of knowing learning to hold […]

stack of books

“I know this is really weird, but when I was packing to come here I gathered up this huge stack of books…” First: no. This is not really weird, at least among this community of people. This is really common — or at least is one of the chief usual approaches. We are at Laity […]

most frivolous voice

[Warning: this is longer than many of my posts.] My world is now post-pandemic. Not post- in the sense of “pandemic all gone”; I suspect that’s Not A Thing for the next few years as we shuttle from steady loss of life in unvaccinated/less-vaccinated locations (like (sadly) the majority-world) to loss of life and risk-of-non-fatal […]

where does my heart live?

I’ve come around again to taking more steps in the day — the literal moving-feet kind. I’m impressively sedentary, so I have to intend if I’m not going to stay at rest, and as a biological entity a body at rest dissolves into decay (so I hear). ANYway. Long after everyone else had ‘gone’ to […]

it’s a solid education

Did I tell you I have a summer job? Only sort of, right. Well, it’s a Jill-of-all-academia job — and the first component of it is to continue the editorial assistant work I took on last August. Copy-editing, mostly… trueing each article up to the Horizons in Biblical Theology style guide, which is 90% the […]