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Mothering to Eternity

I was recently given the honor of speaking to a roomful of women Mother’s Day weekend. The following is a slightly tweaked rendition of my talk that sought to answer: How do you disciple your children? Whenever I go out in public with my four kids in tow (one in my visibly pregnant belly, and […]

A World of Connected Isolation

I wonder how many people I’ve looked at and never seen. -John Steinbeck Social opportunities abound in our age. I can find people to connect to in just about every facet of my life: marriage, parenting, homeschooling, writing, even shared interest groups over coffee. It would seem we have everything we need to flourish socially, […]

On Family: From the Girl Who Didn’t Want One

I met my husband at 20. Ironically I was concurrently terrified of marriage. At the time, I saw marriage and family as a gateway to an isolated, consumeristic, and vapid life. It looked to me to be severely limiting and, in contrast to the life I was leading, profoundly unfulfilling. I was a senior in […]

The Insanity of Serving Chronos

The Greek god, Chronos (or Time), was depicted as a cruel devourer, ravaging the world by consuming all things (including his own children and fellow gods). You can call it whatever you want, but all of us fall into the trap of serving the god of Time, we fear it, we wish to control it, […]

Stop Singing “The Song of Myself”

I celebrate myself, and sing myself. -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass If you’ve ever read Whitman you’ve likely read Part One of Leaves of Grass: Song of Myself, in which he stacks stanza upon stanza of nonsensical, selfish grandiosity. It’s tiring to read, and the worst assignment of any American Lit class. It’s also the […]