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Messy Beauty

I discovered something about myself this week. I learned that I have no problems with hearing that my closets are a wreck (they are!) and my filing system is ridiculously inept (it is).  But, I don’t react with such calm when told my gardens are messy…. Filing systems and even closets are at least in large part associated primarily with efficiency. Can you find your necessary paperwork or shoes easily?   In contrast, although we do want a garden to be productive – to produce a reasonable amount of fruit or flowers or vegetables, hopefully we …

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They Grow Up Just Right

 “Kids grow up too fast.”   With two of them running around my life, I think this is the common advice I receive from the passerby.    “Enjoy it!  They grow up too fast.”    These lines are interesting for a couple of reasons.  First, they indicate a problem:  Kids growing up too fast.  This seems to be a universal problem.  Second, we see a “solution” for the fact of kids growing up too fast – enjoying them, enjoying the time while they are young.    “Enjoying it” is not necessarily bad advice.  Ecclesiastes draws …

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Making the Domestic Church Beautiful

As we unpacked piles of boxes in our first place together, my husband and I began with the practical items we knew were necessary for daily life – towels, dishes, lamps.  But amidst the rush to find the practical, I found myself more eager to uncover a tablecloth, placemats, cloth napkins, the salt and pepper shaker and other kitchen table items to set a beautiful table for breakfast.  Why would a nice table matter when the rest of the apartment looked like an obstacle course of cardboard, bubble wrap and wedding cards?  Because beauty is …

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It’s Not Easy Being a Woman

Kermit once said, “It’s not easy being green.”  Such is no longer the case.  Green is “in.”  Green is hip.  Green is as convenient as purchasing the cloth grocery bag, conveniently located right next to the convenient scan-it-yourself aisle.  Green is available at farmer’s markets and specialty stores and even regular grocery stores.  Green is loudly touted by the media, by the teachers, by the government. But, you know what’s not easy?  It’s not easy being a woman. This thought struck me as I opened a new bag of bread on Monday morning.  As I …

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