Say, “Thank you.”

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Visual Art

“Choose whatever you like!” We were sitting in the Bustard’s living room looking through a stack of original prints and the artist was making…

Gift Couch

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Camelback couch needs a new look From the moment it was hauled through the front door, I hated that pine-green naugahyde couch. It stank…

Christmas 2008 Gift Suggestions from Toad Hall

Books / Hospitality / Ordinary Life

A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie, Fireside Edition, 1949. (devotional) Teach us to pray. If this has ever been a desire of…

A Life-giving, Transformative Ordinary

Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

What does God want with so many stars and black holes in infinite space? What is God’s plan on rainy nights when the wind…

A Very Comfortable Alienation

Community / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing

There is a phenomenon slowly spreading over the social landscape that is worth noting. I suspect it’s been around since the moment our first…

Margie’s 2015 Christmas Gift List

Books / Hospitality / Ordinary Life

Please Note: all books can be ordered through www.heartsandmindsbooks.com Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Non-fiction) Author: Atul Gawande Metropolitan Books,…

Fishsauce & Mayonaisse

Culture / Hospitality

An issue of Food and Wine included a recipe for Thai fish sauce. I read it because I like Thai food, at least the…

Welcoming strangers

Community / Hospitality

“Cain went away,” we are told in the opening pages of scripture, fracturing the human race into “us” and “strangers” (Genesis 4:16). The division…

A Gentle Madness

Community / Family / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

“People have always collected things. Whether a vestige of our hunter-gatherer days, a need to forge order amid chaos, or a simple desire to…