Tea Experience (Parenthetical Attempts at Being Honest)

Hospitality / Ordinary Life

What has just happened here? An unidentifiable thought... catharsis... moment... hearing... awakening... drama. What just happened here? This question was the one I was…

Satisfied: A Conversation About Fullness, Spirituality & Food

Hospitality / Safe Place

What follows is a conversation between Karen Baldwin & Kelsey Reed about fullness, spirituality & food. Karen: I have been thinking about this idea…

Behind the Food We Eat

Hospitality / Ordinary Life

I’ve been doing some reading on food—where it comes from and how it comes to us. In her book, Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver…

Stranger to Me

Hospitality

I don’t think I’ve met you. My name is Margie. I said this as I held out my hand, warm and friendly, to a…

Matters of Perspective

Hospitality / Ordinary Life

Matters of Perspective When we were staying with friends Leslie and John near NYC in October it was, I think, our second day with…

A Way of Loving

Hospitality / Safe Place

In some people’s thinking cuisine is ranked on the lower end of the scale of “the arts”—five star restaurants notwithstanding. Unlike other disciplines, cooking…

The Gift of Food

Faith / Hospitality / Safe Place

My daughter, Rachel and I sat down the other night to watch TV. She had been following Top Chef, so we flipped to the…

Margie’s 2007 Christmas Gift List

Books / Hospitality / Ordinary Life

Christmas 2007 Gift Suggestions from Toad Hall Candy-freak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond (non-fiction) Totally, completely, this book…

Hospitality in a Storm

Hospitality / Safe Place

One of the most intriguing and poignant of all New Testament narratives is Paul’s sea voyage to Rome. He is a prisoner in chains…

Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love

Community / Creation / Family / Hospitality / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

There are few issues that have generated more political heat and extreme rhetoric, more anger and hatred, confusion and pain, than the issue of…