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Advent Moon

It is dark when I leave work in these winter days.   In the early evening, the moon has not had time to climb to any great height. Last week, just after five, it hung just over the horizon as I drove east to the

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The New Reality

We went to a friend’s wedding at the end of October and when we got back, the baby was getting a cold.  She had an ear infection by Friday, when I left on the confirmation retreat, but was feeling better by Sunday when I flew

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The freaking grocery store check out line

Last Wednesday was a long day. Some sad things at church, some sad personal things: all exacerbated by hump day at VBS. I was exhausted by the time the girls (3: 8, 6, 1) and I got to the grocery store to pick up dessert and

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She said

I’ve been thinking about the Stanford rape case for weeks. Though the news cycle has moved on; though Orlando ripped our attention, rightly, away; though we are now concerned with Brexit — I keep thinking about Stanford. I was twelve years old when I first

This is actually an environmentally friendly shower head at WPI, but it looks like the one in my memory: https://www.wpi.edu/about/sustainability/rooms.html

The way things were: Or, those locker room showers

On mornings when both of our big girls have to shower before school, we’re in a race against the clock.  Actually, most mornings, we’re in a race against the clock — one unwashed favorite shirt or lack of preferred breakfast options away from the late

Writing is terrible. Just ask the figure in Leonid Pasternak's "Throes of Creation"

Day Job

As a small child, I assumed I would grow up to sing on Broadway, preferably starring alongside Gene Kelly, star of some of my favorite musicals: Singing in the Rain, Brigadoon, and An American in Paris. I was not a little heartbroken when I saw That’s Entertainment! at some point and

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Reviewing Damaged Goods and Virgin Nation

I read Damaged Goods quickly when it came out last winter; when I pitched it as a review, now retired editor Richard Kauffman added on the academic study Virgin Nation. I was grateful for it — the latter is an important book.  But I was in the middle of

These people, for example, all live in my memory, and shaped who I am, and will for years to come, though I never slept with any of them.

On memory

Fidelia’s Sisters, the web magazine of The Young Clergy Women Project, published a thoughtful and vulnerable piece earlier this week, in which a divorced priest spoke about the ways in which she has had to revise her sexual ethics over the years. I’m honestly not

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A Review of Sorts: Not a Mistake by Amber Belldene

Now that I am a matronly lady, married for over a decade, I think I can finally admit on the internet that I’ve been known to read a romance novel every now and again. And not, like, Christian romance novels, or “Amish” romance, where everyone is basically

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