View: Day 2/31 Five Minute Free Writes

This month I’m linking up with Kate for 31 days of 5 minute free writes.  She provides a one-word prompt, I check the clock and type until time is up.  Then I publish. The view in the mirror has been changing the past few weeks. The third time around, the lower half of my tummy starts … Continue reading

Move: Day 1/31, Five Minute Free Writes

My friend Allison is writing for 31 days.  So I read this morning, and thought, Isn’t that nice for her?  That’ll be fun to read. Then I realized that I needed to get on the train. So for the month of October, I’m linking up for 5 minutes of free writing.  31 days.  5 minutes only. … Continue reading

Creating a Way That Works

I made Panera my office today, which made me pause a second to be grateful that I’m fully supported to flex my week to make things work.  Cut my 30 minute drive to 5 minutes?  Sure.  Bottomless Hazelnut coffee?  Yes please.  Tables in the sun on a warm September morning?  Oh mercy. I’m in the … Continue reading

Family Update

Family Update

Given the changes in our lives these past few months, I figure I’m due for an update. So here’s what’s been happening, in as small a nutshell as I can manage: From October 2013-June 2014 I worked with the Fuller Youth Institute and Compassion International to write Step Into My Shoes. Step Into My Shoes is an at-home experience … Continue reading


I’m stealing a window of time to write something. Because writing something, a crummy draft of a something, is better than what I’ve done for the past year or so, which is barely write at all. So here’s 30 minutes, unedited, go. Somewhere along the way, I lost my writer’s heart.The practical and imperfect realities … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Thoughts on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Generally speaking, I lean towards the critical side when it comes to trying to do good. I care a lot about how that good is attempted, and want the method to be wise. As I’ve seen critiques of the Ice Bucket challenge, I’ve actually found myself disagreeing. Mainly, critics of the viral fundraising campaign say … Continue reading

Affluenza Indeed

The macro-level logic of the affluenza defense claims that if something outside of the defendant stunted their moral development, something they didn’t choose, something beyond their control, then they are not longer responsible for the poor moral choices they make.  Heck, they’re practically a victim. While many of us roll our eyes in disgust at … Continue reading