Faster

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

Faster [This essay first appeared in the December 1999 issue of Notes From Toad Hall.] December is a bad month for speed and stress.…

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…