Monthly Archives: August 2017

Who Do You Think You Are?

I was thinking this morning that this blog doesn’t really fit into any of the ready niches that the blog-world offers. There are Mommy blogs, which are about home life, and kids, and how to stay sane amidst the chaos of everyday life, There are homeschool blogs, which are similar but more focused on education […]

A Recipe for Joy

I heard this attributed to Saint (Mother) Theresa of Calcutta, but I haven’t been able to definitively corroborate that. Whether she came up with it or not, I like its counter-cultural message. How do you cultivate joy in your life?

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More Thoughts on Pride, humility and judgment

This is one of my favorite passages from The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis: All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true of humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind […]

Pride, Humility, and Irony

 (Or: The Holy Spirit’s Great Sense of Humor!) Do you remember the story of the rich man and the tax collector? Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to […]

How Do I Find Time For Reading?

Yesterday I posted what I’m currently reading, and I realized that it was a long list, and it might look like I do nothing but read all day. I wish that were true; my fantasy life would be living in my own library and occasionally having great meals with people I can discuss the books […]

What I’m Reading These Days

Do you read one book at a time, or several at the same time? I used to strictly read one book at a time, and I usually didn’t even think about what to read next until I had finished it. But now that I have kids, my reading time is limited. In fact, I usually […]


“There are no coincidences, only God-incidences.” That line, uttered by the priest at a church I visited while on vacation, has become transformative in my life. Not that I was a believer in coincidence, anyway. I knew God was in control of our lives even in the small things. But, over the past year, this […]

Self-Help Books and Religion

As I said previously, I read a lot of self-help books, and, for the most part, I do find them worthwhile. Sometimes all I find is one or two nuggets buried under pages of platitudes and cliches, but occasionally I’ll read something that really does change how I think about something or approach the way […]


On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect […]

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In Defense of Self-Help Books

I like to read self-help books. But I know a lot of people vehemently dislike them, and usually they have one or both of these two objections: that these books don’t ever offer anything new, they just repackage common sense concepts with new words; and that people who read the books spend more time reading […]