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…

I Really Like Your Shoes

Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

The first year of The Exact Place being out there is done. There were a few fleeting moments when I thought this could turn…

Wooden Clocks and Tiny Silver Balls

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When I grew up and moved away I rarely saw them. But in December of every year I especially remember my grandparents. Each December…

Nourishing Gratitude: Being Thankful, Again

Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Work and Rest

One of the dangers of a comfortable life is that comfort becomes our norm. So, we notice when events dip below that standard, but…

Random Meaning

Creation / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

Fearing randomness meaningfully This past weekend I did nothing and it was profoundly productive. We spent the weekend away from Toad Hall, away from…

Who Brings Home the Bacon?

Community / Faith / Family / Work and Rest

In the current tug-o-war about gender responsibilities in Christian marriages, many couples have the challenge of deciding who “brings home the bacon.” The tension…

Fleeting

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On a morning late in April I woke and couldn’t remember where I was. There had been too many beds that month. When I…

Summer Shorts

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Spirituality / Work and Rest

In a moment of general regret my husband said: “I’m sorry.” He was looking at me with tears in his eyes. I thought he…

Being Serious About Playing

Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

I taught a course last semester called Vocational Orientation—a course designed to help students uncover their divinely appointed callings in life. I began with…

Psalms in the Dark

Family / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

I’ve always thought of myself as intuitive because that is how I score on all personality tests. It is supposed to bless me with…