Mother's Day Memory May 2017

When my mom came to the end of her run in Colorado and I came to the end of my ability to help her stay there, I went out to bring her to a retirement home near me in California. She didn’t fight me on this, although she had resisted it previously; she knew she was no longer able to manage alone. Sitting in her living room, surrounded by half filled boxes, she said, “If I don’t like it there, I will come back.”

“No,” I said. “You’re not coming back.” The minute we left, her husband’s son would sell the condo. There was no turning back.

“Then I’m not going,” she said.

On Bathrooms: May 2016

As for bathrooms, I would like to say that I am for them: Lots of bathrooms. This is due to being 7 - 9 months pregnant three times, where-in my sons practiced trampoline moves on my bladder and I had to make mental maps of every available bathroom around my favorite haunts.

These mental maps proved useful in ensuing years when messy diapers were dripping down my left hip, or that period when the little darlings had finally learned to say, “pee, pee,” which gave me 15 seconds flat to find the nearest toilet.

The Book of Jesus

If you read my first book, Using the Word, you might remember that I eventually developed a morning time with God built around moving four ribbons through the Bible: Psalms, OT, Epistles, Gospels. Every so often I’d mix in something different: one year I wrote the Psalms instead of reading them, one year I worked through Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises with a bunch of evangelicals, sometimes I read one (or two) of Barclay’s Daily Bible Studies on a particular book, which for a season, slowed down the forward movement of one of the ribbons.

BkBit: Henri Nouwen on Leadership

Henri Nouwen was invited to speak on Christian Leadership for the Center for Human Development in Washington D.C shortly after beginning work at Daybreak, one of the L’Arche community houses for disabled people. The shift from being a writer and lecturer, to intimate involvement with people who didn’t care about literary or academic honors, radically changed Nouwen’s view of ministry. The book, In the Name of Jesus, is taken from that talk on leadership. It is a short evening’s read and after a bit of perusing, I brought it home to read. Again.

Bkbit: The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
Last night I went to sleep with the love of elephants radiating through my heart. I am deep into The Elephant Whisperer and utterly entranced with Lawrence Anthony’s saga about bringing a rogue herd of wild elephants to his game reserve in Zululand. 
The book is full of adventure, danger and the excitement of life in an African game reserve.

Abba: May 2014

The reason you haven’t been getting my newsletters is that I stopped writing them. You were NOT de-friended as several people thought. (I don’t think I’ve ever de-friended anyone — I just get sufficiently obnoxious that people de-friend me.) I am now writing the newsletters again. I’ve missed you. If you want off this list, just let me know.

"A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked."~ Author Unknown

Symposium on Prayer

The nice thing about books on Prayer is that — unlike sermons or videos that drag you relentlessly on — if you feel a stirring within, you can stop, wonder, think and pray. Then, when you realize you are now only contemplating what you’ll have for dinner, you can resume reading where you left off. A lovely way to spend time with the Lord.

God's Secretaries July 2013

I'm reading GOD'S SECRETARIES by Adam Nicolson, a book that Carolyn brought to the June Literary Party on Royalty. Subtitled The Making of the King James Bible, the book is an engaging exploration of the political, religious and social landscape of England in the early 1600's. The people and positions of the Biblical translating team and the contexts they operated in reveal much about the reformation, the antecedents of our separation of church and state, and the face of the church, which today still holds many of the same the tensions that were at work in Jacobean England.