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Down to the Wire

Confession: I am a Procrastinator (with a capital P). If it can be put off, I do. I begin with good intentions, making plans and lists, gathering all the supplies I need well ahead of time. I’m rarely late with assignments or projects. But I get complacent; “I’ve laid all the groundwork, and getting started is half the battle, right?” I vastly underestimate how long things take. I get swamped with numerous little projects all vying for my attention at once, increasing the last-minute panic. We’re not even going to talk about those college projects. Everyone says what a horrible thing procrastination is, and certainly it causes a lot of unnecessary stress and cut corners. And while I don’t pretend procrastination is healthy for me, there’s a secret code within it that always produces my best work – urgency.

It’s surfacing right now. I am less than three weeks away from moving out of state to work in a Christian school. There are boxes everywhere; Continue reading “Down to the Wire”

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A Classic Woman in a Changing World


What constitutes a classic?

If you instantly pictured a Dickens novel or a 1960s Camaro, well, you’re not wrong. A classic is something distinctive that doesn’t lose its appeal over the years. It’s something timeless, that continues to resonate long after its creation.

So in six millennia of human existence, what is classic womanhood? The world hasn’t really ever decided what to do with women. Throughout the ages and across cultures, women have been worshiped, abused, treated as property or bargaining chips, reverenced as the leaders of society. What constitutes a classic woman in a world that can’t make up its mind about us? Continue reading “A Classic Woman in a Changing World”

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You’ve Got a Fool In Me


What is a fool to you?

The word carries different meanings to different people, and how you perceive it will determine what steps you take to avoid being one.

  • An idiot who makes stupid decisions.
  • Someone who runs his mouth about absolutely nothing.
  • The one who says in his heart that there is no God.
  • A person who disagrees, intelligently or not, with an opinion you hold strongly.
  • A medieval jester. (Definitely don’t be that guy.)

Continue reading “You’ve Got a Fool In Me”

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The Day the Knife Slipped


I love cooking. It’s a very practical science, it’s a creative game, and, well, there’s food involved.

And for the most part, I’m a fairly competent “kitcheneer”, thanks to my skilled mother. I can make you forget you’ve had chicken three times this week, or that you’ve just eaten your fifth cookie in a haze of carb-induced euphoria. I can wield knives and gadgets and raw food with confidence. I can cook on a budget and for people with completely opposite dietary needs.  I know what I’m doing.

But in the last three months or so, I’ve suddenly Continue reading “The Day the Knife Slipped”