Stiff Mother

Miss Williams looked satisfied in her mean, pinched way.  “Well,” she said, “ta-ta.” (She always said “ta-ta” instead of “goodbye.” Chicken language, it sounded like.) As soon as Miss Williams was gone and my mother was sitting down again, I burst into tears.  Kneeling on the floor, I buried my head in her lap and…

What Katy Did

For you know we never do people good by lecturing; only by living their lives with them, and helping a little here and a little there to make them better. -What Katy Did, p. 141 If I took nothing else from this moralizing tale…let it be this…a lecture is no good.  I have given all…

Radical Integrity: The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Faith was no escape hatch from the power of evil men; true faith often placed one directly in the grip of evil.  Hadn’t Jesus Himself provided a demonstration of this truth? -Radical Integrity, p. 161 I really like biography.  I like to peek into someone else’s existence to see how they negotiated mortality.   It’s…

The Shack

  I just finished The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. This is one of those books that kept cropping up in different conversations over the course of a year.  I think I jotted it down here and there two or three times before I added it to my summer reading list and went to the library…

Reading Joy

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. –William Lyon Phelps Hi there.  I love to read.  However, if you were to track my activities over the last decade, you would find plenty of evidence to convict me to the contrary.  It’s been awful!  I…

Come Back!

  I have wistful moments at the strangest times-like today-driving northbound down my street headed to pick up my boys from school at 2:00pm after stopping by the store. (Whew!  That’s a lot of prepositional phrases-which is why you feel out of breath right now.) The moments never last long so I try to pause and…