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Speak, Friend

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking truth, nothing easier than flattery.Fyodor Dostoevsky When I was a college intern, I had this idea that I would dread my hair and then shave it all off. I had a fair amount of people who told me this was a splendid plan, that I could ‚Äúpull […]

Gossip: A Poem

Little firesI heard…and she said that he saidandI would neverLook at that forest ablaze Little daggersdid you know?andI can’t believe itandI just know it to be trueHow deep those wounds go Little morselsthey go down sweetandit was just talkand it meant no harmNot all poison is bitter Little wordslittle liesand little breaches of trustandlittle cursesSticks […]

We Are Villains All

Villainy somewhere! Whose? One says we are villains all. Lord Alfred Tennyson Justice, freedom, rights, choice, liberty, happiness, love…these are powerful words, and we hear them often. We read them in thousands of contexts, used both carelessly or carefully. Words matter. Words give birth to ideas, and if Joseph Stalin was right, ” ideas are […]

Consider the Flowers

My kids and I have been studying Vincent Van Gogh this term. I was looking at the copies of his paintings I have hanging in our kitchen today, and simply captivated by their beauty. Somehow he captured the paradox of beauty and sorrow with brush strokes, with color and and shadows his paintings tells us […]

What if I Fail (On Home Education Part 2)

Every task requires faith Elisabeth Elliot In my last post I defined education as an extension of discipleship. The task of educating our children is not confined to merely math and literacy, but seeing those disciplines within the whole framework of life. Education ought to blur the lines that have been mistakenly drawn between “life” […]