Life in Practice

A journey through a year, reflecting on the church calendar, the Word, and life.

She’s home

Today the grand piano came home to Pilgrim Congregational Church. This beauty is a 1905 Mason & Hamlin, and it has a story. In the early 1900s, a father wanted to make his little girl’s dreams come true. When she asked him for a piano, not any ebony and ivory would do. He took herContinue reading “She’s home”


This summer I have been taking a course called “Creation Care and Sabbath Economics,” a Christian ecological and economic ethic. Learning about all the ways that our consumeristic, capitalistic society is destroying the environment, exploiting and decimating the poor, and deluding us into thinking we are just fine, has been disheartening and infuriating. I tendContinue reading “Next”

Musings from the Lake

Our family got back last night from six days tucked away in trees and water. I wish I could capture or bottle these experiences to breathe in later, when the craziness of life drowns out its memory. This is sacred time. Holy ground. Gracious space. Treasures to hide away in ones heart, mind, body, andContinue reading “Musings from the Lake”

As Guest, As Host

That word “hospitality” makes me cringe with thoughts of well-polished ladies serving tea with plastic smiles and delicate conversation. The pretense irritates me, while at the same time, the unattainable precision intimidates me. There is no amount of commitment and study that could make me into Martha Stewart or Joanna Gaines. I could go toContinue reading “As Guest, As Host”

Juneteenth and Joseph

When I first began this blog, I was hoping to record a year in which I practiced the Church calendar. Staying faithful to weekly writing, let alone steadfast observance, has proven to be a challenge. Besides basic human busyness, I like new things; I’m a sucker for creativity and starting new projects. I’m not soContinue reading “Juneteenth and Joseph”

Pentecost 2021

As a white, middle class, middle-aged, cisgender female, heterosexual, Global North, American, Christian, I have a particular view of the world. It is shaped by my experience, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, education, history (or the history I have been taught), media, family dynamics, socio-economic status, geographical location, etc. Every human has a uniqueContinue reading “Pentecost 2021”


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