Spiderman, Lamentations, and the steadfast love of God

My youngest son came to me this morning, asking as he does every morning, to fasten the velcro closures on the back of his Spiderman costume (he wears this thing like it’s his job). Only this time, he looked me in the eye and asked, “Are you tired of doing this? “ What a funnyContinue reading “Spiderman, Lamentations, and the steadfast love of God”

Christ’s Kingdom in the Psalms

In his slim commentary, Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis characterizes King David’s passionate worship in Psalm 27 with words like “gusto,” “rowdiness,” and a particular “Hebraic delight” expressed (for example) in verse 4, One thing have I asked of the Lord,that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house of the LordallContinue reading “Christ’s Kingdom in the Psalms”

terrifying Russian literature, a style challenge, and New Year’s resolutions

The book sat on a side table in my bedroom, the one over by the corner fireplace, for six months. The oil portrait of its central character stared at me from the cover with those stoic, challenging eyes (like only Russians can), seemingly asking the question again, “Are you ready now? Is today the day?”Continue reading “terrifying Russian literature, a style challenge, and New Year’s resolutions”

An update: thoughts on writing, leisure, and acknowledging my finite human nature

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS ALMOST JULY. (Not to be dramatic or anything…) I don’t know about you, but the first half of this year flew by in a flurry of work and family life. Almost without notice, months had passed before I realized that my personal writing was taking a serious back seat toContinue reading “An update: thoughts on writing, leisure, and acknowledging my finite human nature”

If I Stand – Rich Mullins

There’s more that rises in the morningThan the sunAnd more that shines in the nightThan just the moonIt’s more than just this fire hereThat keeps me warmIn a shelter that is largerThan this room And there’s a loyalty that’s deeperThan mere sentimentsAnd a music higher than the songsThat I can singThe stuff of Earth competesForContinue reading “If I Stand – Rich Mullins”

How I am Learning to Be a Better Fashion-lover

As I began to think about this post, I got stuck on what to title it. I wanted to say something like, “How to be a good steward of your closet” –but then I hesitated. Does anyone use the word “steward” anymore? It sounds like a custodian, which sounds like a janitor, which then again,Continue reading “How I am Learning to Be a Better Fashion-lover”

Starting a new job? You need my “secret mentor” strategy.

When I was in my mid 20’s, I had the opportunity to join a new and exciting company in the luxury cosmetics field and started the job with stars in my eyes. I was already working as a freelance makeup artist around Nashville by offering my services to photographer, videographer, and event planning friends inContinue reading “Starting a new job? You need my “secret mentor” strategy.”