Category Archives: Spirituality and Religion

Hands and a Song


Inside the church, the air was hot, like a weight pressing down on the building and the congregants in it. Summer in Chicago will do that. The service was nearing its end. My husband and I sat shoulder to shoulder, … Continue reading

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Hidden Wonders


The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Unless you haven’t listened to the news, opened a newspaper, or surfed the web … Continue reading

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A Personal Practice


The year is now half over, making it a logical time to take stock of any goals or resolutions set out earlier in the year. I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions back in January, but a few months ago, … Continue reading

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Kamsahamnida (Thanks) for the Memories


“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” ~Lillian Smith Blurry-eyed, cramped, and restless, I tap out this post as we … Continue reading

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Featured Post at Provoketive: “Turning Up the Volume on the Muted Religious Left”


Guest posting seems to be my theme of the week, with posts at Urban Times and Alise Write earlier this week.  Today I have the featured post at Provoketive.  True to Provoketive’s mission to “provoke the reader’s imagination through conversation … Continue reading

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Featured Post at Provoketive Magazine: The Smallest Church in the World


I am proud to have my first featured post today at Provoketive, an online magazine that strives to provide an open and engaging dialogue about life, faith, justice, and culture.  There are some truly amazing and inspiring writers associated with … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Recovering Bisy Backson


I am a do-er, a go-getter, a self-starter.  I make to-do lists.  I complete the tasks on the list.  I cross them off the list.  I make a new list. Inactivity makes me uncomfortable and, as a stay-at-home mom, there … Continue reading

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Simple prayer. Profound meditation.


please… please.. please… I whispered the words softly, quietly. Please. Please. Please. I chanted the words silently, but strongly. As I stood in the bridal waiting room at the back of the church, ready to step out to a church … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures


Last week I linked up with Stasha’s Monday Listicles for a list of “10 Things That Make My Life Easier and Oh-So-Much-Better.”  I had so much fun coming up with the list that I’m going back for more Monday Listicles … Continue reading

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The Church of Baseball


“An unexamined faith is not worth having” – Elton Trueblood With the advent of baseball season upon us, I am reminded of two well-known scenes in the popular baseball movie, “Bull Durham.”  You know, the one where Annie Savoy admits … Continue reading

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