Seeing Beyond the Surface

Faith / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

As a boy I loved superhero comic books. I loved the flamboyant graphics, the constantly shifting perspective, the stylized violence, the stories of adventure.…

Listening Before Writing

Community / Work and Rest

I have a new journal, creamy white lined pages in a black moleskin cover with an elastic band that holds it closed. A much…

A Faithful, Messy Purity

Community / Faith / Spirituality

There is a difference between keeping ourselves pure, and keeping ourselves aloof from a broken reality. It’s a huge difference. The first is courageous;…

Using Words to Wound Instead of Heal

Community / Family / Maturity and Flourishing

It is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then…

Hearing is Not Knowing

Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

I suspect that many of us grew up hearing, from an exasperated parent or teacher, “Just how many times do I have to tell…

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…

To Be Where You Are

Community / Creation / Family / Ordinary Life

Spring was cancer season for friends. (You might want to cancel friendship with us.) When Kosmo (Carol Kosmicke) began to experience little seizures and…

The Joy of Bees

Creation

A long time ago when our children were young and we lived in Albuquerque, Denis traveled a lot. The reason I mention he traveled…

Bird Feeders

Creation / Work and Rest

A few months back a young couple spent a weekend with us at Toad Hall. Scott had graciously come to help us plaster and…

The World According to Abercrombie & Fitch

Culture / Discernment / Ordinary Life

What do a naked man and woman sitting on a horse bareback have to do with selling T-shirts and shorts? Everything, if the clothes…