10 Questions to Consider Before Addressing a Controversial or Sensitive Subject

If the answer to any of these is “no,” please stop right there and re-evaluate and be quiet. Is your desire to add a layer of concrete information or analysis? Are your emotions in check and are you well aware you might me wrong? Are you addressing a specific, well-defined, and significant issue? Are you… Continue reading 10 Questions to Consider Before Addressing a Controversial or Sensitive Subject

How to Deal with the News Links

Yes, I know the election is old news, but these are (mostly) general and timeless attitudes and responses. A safe and hospitable home no matter the news and ways to cope with the news cycle and paying attention to news close to home Ways to pray on election day News consumption News is biased in so many… Continue reading How to Deal with the News Links

Code Name Verity and Insensitivity Regarding WWII

Takes a deep breath before exploding Even though I consider Code Name Verity is a waste of reading time, I still appreciate the ability to juxtapose my impression of it next to All the Light We Cannot See and The Book Thief. Both novels use shadows and hints and impressions to create the fear and horror of the war without stooping to the… Continue reading Code Name Verity and Insensitivity Regarding WWII

Minimalism, Hoarding, and Excess

I’m not naturally a minimalist but the concept of controlling excess is not novel although minimalism has made it trendy. The concept was partially practiced in our family. My mom tried to keep our toys in control, we weren’t given allowances, we usually only shopped for clothes seasonally on an as needed basis. I had… Continue reading Minimalism, Hoarding, and Excess

Excess: Oversharing and Uncontrolled Emotion

A couple years ago I heard a lot about authenticity in blogging with the implication that not sharing everything is always deceptive. I really appreciated this simple post addressing these issues. Another way people talk about this issue is “being vulnerable.” Here is an article on vulnerability from a Christian perspective. Authenticity and holiness. And,… Continue reading Excess: Oversharing and Uncontrolled Emotion

Not Finishing Books, Unpronounceable Foods, and Learning to be Cultured.

So, I picked up a YA novel from an author I had seen mentioned in the blog-sphere. And foul language smacked me in the face. So much. I skimmed it, teetering in my mind. No, there was NO justification. I started The Sound and the Fury; it sucked me in but confused me, so I was… Continue reading Not Finishing Books, Unpronounceable Foods, and Learning to be Cultured.