Is less really more?

Regular, deliberate pruning brings improvement  Every year I prune my raspberry patch because overcrowded canes compete with each other for sunlight and nutrients. If I don’t, the patch produces fewer berries and smaller, poor-tasting fruit. Without pruning, shady moist conditions around dense thickets encourage fungal diseases. Pruning also results in better writing. Pare down your… Read More

anticipatory anxiety

Anticipation. Hearing that word, many of you in my generation will think of the Carly Simon song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67oN0YQVgdo). I’m humming the chorus right now. But if I’m honest, for much of my life anticipation was all about worrying–“preparing” as I liked to call it. “What should I wear? What will I say? What will they think? What if he gets… Read More

If I ran the world

If I ran the world I would choose: adoration over abstinence, beauty over bravery, cameos over character, desire over deliberation, entertainment over endurance, fulfillment over frustration, gifted over growth, happy over hearty, id over instructive, joy over justice, keep over keen, lovely over lonely, me-centric over maternal, now over next time, opinion over orientation, peaceful… Read More

light sources: eclipse

Can anyone see you are a Christian? Or, when they look at you, do they see a lunar eclipse? Does the shadow of the earth blanket you, not allowing the sun’s light to reach you so that you can reflect its rays? Don’t you know that, as a Christian, the sun shines within you and… Read More

light sources: daylight moonshine

When the sun is bright in the sky— too radiant to look at without damaging my eyes— does the moon still reflect its light? Surely it does on the other side of the world where the inky darkness of night covers the earth with shadow. But I don’t look for the moon during my daylight… Read More