Most of us probably remember the famous song about the 1800s American West, "Home on the Range." When I was growing up, this song could be heard everywhere—radio, television, elementary classrooms, etc. I guess that is why it's burned into my brain. As a child, the lyrics conveyed to me a vague sense of place … Continue reading An Encouraging Word: Part 1
In 2015, my book group kicked off our sixth year together by reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (I think it's hilarious that a book about minimalist living has such a cluttered title). The book had a lot of haters in our group. Yet, … Continue reading Thursday Thunk: Paring Down
In 2018, an Ohio man, a former Nike executive and digital commerce expert, admitted to the New York Times he was ignorant. It was unusual. People these days enjoy being seen as experts (even when they are most certainly not)—in our day and age, knowledge is power.* The truth is that Erik Hagerman wasn’t dumb, … Continue reading Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The False Comfort of Denial
“He’s at the door!” I said to my friend in the passenger seat as I eased my van to the curb outside the emergency room entrance. “Thank you,” she said, her voice shaking. “No need. I’m glad to help you in any way,” I assured her. “And I’ll be praying.” Her husband ran up and … Continue reading HG: It’s Not Your Mother’s Morning Sickness
When you ponder current problems in the U.S., which issues come to mind? The pandemic? Poverty? Poorly performing public schools? Political divisions? (P is for problem, apparently!) Or how about violence against women, racism and discrimination, or sexual harassment? Any of these might top your list for the top concern of the day. Did counterfeiting … Continue reading Got Wisdom? Part 3
When I was a wee girl, I wrote a lot of poetry. Unlike Charlotte Bronte, physical evidence of my brilliant young mind is lost to the ravages of time and disinterested adults (apparently! But I am not bitter...). In first grade, so the story goes, I presented a poem to my beloved teacher, Miss Kinnin. … Continue reading Thursday Thunk: “I Thunk it Up”
How Do We Cultivate Wisdom? Let’s dive into Proverbs chapter 9. As in the first eight chapters of Proverbs, Wisdom is personified as a female. This is not because women are wiser than men. The author (likely Solomon) may have done so because the Hebrew word for wisdom is a feminine noun. Verse 1 Wisdom … Continue reading Got Wisdom? Part 2
Cultivating Wisdom Part I. A few years ago, a celebrity moved into the neighborhood where we lived at the time. Once word got out, this circumstance became both cool and annoying: cool, because he lived right by our house, and annoying, because he lived right by our house. On most days, cars drove by slowly, … Continue reading Got Wisdom?