• Living the Season Well

    Can We Celebrate Santa Claus & the Savior?

    Weaving together the wonder of Christmas involves one part honoring the birth of our Savior and one part honoring the life of a saint. Nicholas, to be exact. Yes, we know whose birthday it is, but the fact is we get all the presents. It would be easy to blame our culture and their cashing in, literally, on the character of Santa Claus, but let’s not be so hasty. “As we wait for God to become incarnate, we look to the whole body of Christ, past and present, for models of embodied faith.” Beth Bevis, in “God with Us-Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas.” One example of that ‘embodied faith’ was…

  • On Writing

    Why Writing a Book is Like Building a House

    Besides having a book that is ‘under construction’, we have a window project that began last year right after Thanksgiving, which is also in process. In fact, we have ladders placed as a permanent fixture in front of our house, waiting for the day when my husband can get back up and finish the installation of new siding. In the meantime I’m grateful for the cover of our birch trees that are filling in with their leaves, hiding a view of our construction zone from the street. We have had another project under construction for five years–the roof on our back deck. But life keeps getting in the way, in…

  • On Writing

    “Writing a Book is Easy” (said No one. Ever.)

    You know you’re a new author when you make statements like, “I’m going away for a week to write the first draft of my book.” As if….. But God is so good; we just don’t know what we don’t know. Whether it’s, “Hey, let’s paint the living room this weekend,” “Honey, let’s take that hike. It’s totally easy.” Or, “Wow, I think I’ll go back to school/get a job now that my children are older,” and other idealistic statements. I headed to a lovely retreat center three hours from my home in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, with high hopes but the experience has been eye-opening and recalibrating, to say…