Books and Resources That Give Empathy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

I have had trouble reading the news lately. My heart breaks for what is happening in Israel-Palestine, not because I want to take a side but because it seems that peace is farther and farther away. I have a lot of complicated feelings about the region, and I know I'm not alone. As I learn … Continue reading Books and Resources That Give Empathy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Reading One Star Reviews as an Act of Peacemaking

I've read so many articles in the past few years on the need to step out of our comfort zones, to see and hear experiences from "the other." That our nation and world wouldn't be so divided if we just know people from different backgrounds. That our churches would come together if we were able … Continue reading Reading One Star Reviews as an Act of Peacemaking

The Value of Creating Flexible Rhythms

If last fall was filled with new challenges, this fall was filled with recreating those challenges. We did the Whole30 again; I wrote for 31 days again; we've reestablished bedtime and wake-up routines, though slightly different since our schedule is slightly different. The biggest difference between forming a habit the first time and re-forming a … Continue reading The Value of Creating Flexible Rhythms

A Call to Live Small and Practice Peace at Home

Last week was fall break. We had no plans - no playdates, no excursions, just lots of lazy pajama mornings and slow-paced days. On Monday, I woke up with a migraine headache. I've gotten these since I was eleven years old, to varying degrees of intensity and frequency. The commonality is that my vision is … Continue reading A Call to Live Small and Practice Peace at Home

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

Sitting Just Quietly

One of Bea's favorite stories is the one of Ferdinand the Bull, who is content to sit just quietly under a cork tree, smelling flowers. I love it for many reasons - not least is that his mother is an understanding cow who lets him sit just quietly. (A lesson I need to remember.) What I … Continue reading Sitting Just Quietly