The Music of Chaos

The Music of Chaos

Recently I have been taking an absurd amount of walks with my two daughters.  With a five-year-old and a two-year-old, these walks have become crucial for our quarantine entertainment.   I spend the majority of these walks in between the two of them.  My older daughter Ruby lags behind sniffing every flower, picking up every shiny rock, and making wishes on dandelions as she ever so slowly and painstakingly blows each piece of white fluff.   Two-year-old Selah, strapped...

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On Racism

On Racism

My daughter fell recently and got a big scrape on her skin.  It was bleeding, and the skin was ripped and tender.  With tears streaming down her face she asked me how long it would take to get better.  I told her the pain should go away soon, but her skin would look different for a while as it healed.  The tears intensified as she said, “look different? But I love the skin I’m in!” Her sweet little comment reverberates differently in my ears today.  I just watched another video of a black...

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The Grammar of Pain

The Grammar of Pain

Easter this year feels different.  So different.  I have sewed masks instead of ruffled dresses.  I have scheduled a crew of ten people to come to our physical church, instead of asking the entire choir to wake up extra early for a pre-service rehearsal.  Our family of four will probably eat leftovers for Easter dinner instead of a big meal with 20 family members because 1) social distancing and 2) there is SO MUCH COOKING in quarantine!?! My spirit has been buoyed by all...

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Quarantine-tastic

Quarantine-tastic

The weird thing about March 2020 and the whole Coronavirus scare is ... well, honestly ... I can’t finish that sentence.  Because the weird thing is everything.  All the things.  Each one.  There is nothing normal about the life we are all living right now. I took my one-year-old in to her pediatrician for a recurring ear infection and left with the recommendation to quarantine ourselves.  She had an upper respiratory infection, and our local hospital’s standard...

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