Review: A Pocketful of Seeds by Debbie Johnson + Giveaway

One thing I hear over and over when grappling with how to live out justice in my everyday motions is to start small. Find what I can get behind and do that. For some, they have the energy and passion to call their representatives every day or to attend town hall meetings. For others, writing … Continue reading Review: A Pocketful of Seeds by Debbie Johnson + Giveaway

Be Kind to Yourself

Love kindness. The second part of Micah's famous statement tells us to love kindness. Not simply to be kind or to show someone kindness, but to love it. I'm guessing that Micah meant love in the deepest, truest sense of the word. Not just I love autumn! but deep, spiritual, unshakable love. Yesterday, I posted the song Be Kind to Yourself from … Continue reading Be Kind to Yourself

Increasing Awareness of Justice Issues

Even though I've always been someone who is aware of justice issues, I've become much more intentional and aware in the past couple years. Since I rarely just jump into anything, I started this journey by reading more books, articles, and experts in the field of justice work. I wanted to share a few of … Continue reading Increasing Awareness of Justice Issues

Preserving Good Intention

In 2014, my relationship with friends on social media changed. Events happened here in the United States and people took to their Facebook pages, declaring loyalty to one side or another. This is also around the point with Facebook introduced the "hide friends" feature, meaning you could stay friends but just not see their posts. … Continue reading Preserving Good Intention

Finding Heaven at the Wild Table

Every Tuesday, I help with Writer's Workshop in Bea's classroom. And every Tuesday, I leave after an hour with a greater appreciation toward all kindergarten teachers. Controlled chaos is putting it mildly but somehow Mrs. M is able to help twenty five-year-olds create books about Nocturnal Animals, using exclamation points and onomatopoeias when appropriate. Bea is … Continue reading Finding Heaven at the Wild Table

Justice For All

I grew up with the phrase, Life's Not Fair. Usually it was used to stop whining between siblings but it seems to have taken on a whole new global meaning. Life's not fair means we can write off systemic injustice, using the rational that life was never meant to be fair, so why even try? When I was … Continue reading Justice For All

The Slow Walk of Justice

We were driving in the mountains with friends this past week. Frank and Sheunesu in one car with the girls and Susan and I in the other car, since we haven't graduated to something big and family-friendly yet. In this instance, I was glad that we needed to take two cars. Susan and I were … Continue reading The Slow Walk of Justice

A Blessing for Justice

On Sundays, I thought I'd highlight a blessing to start our week. This week's theme is justice and these words from St. Francis seemed a good way to set the tone for our reflections. May God bless you with discomfort, At easy answers, half-truths And superficial relationships So that you may live Deep within your heart. … Continue reading A Blessing for Justice

Telling Better Stories

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by what I can't do in this phase of life - I can't drive without the demand for kid music; I can't read more than a paragraph in a book without interruption; I can't attend protests or marches. Sometimes I wonder what I can do. How can I make a difference in … Continue reading Telling Better Stories

Tracing My Own Story

Our speaker yesterday at MOPS led us through exercises in defining freedom in our stories. What are our yeses and nos? How do we achieve those? It was an incredible experience and made me reflect on my journey and what defines me. It also made me think of this journey in seeking justice. So many … Continue reading Tracing My Own Story