Christian books · self-care

Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Dear Susan, Where were you the night of August 2? I know you were probably doing something related to the wedding (next week!).  However, if you were like a good number of American women, you would have been watching the documentary “Rachel Hollis: Made for More.” Haven’t heard of Rachel? I recently climbed out from… Continue reading Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Aging · anxiety

Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Dear Susan, Despite the heat, and long, gorgeous hours of sunshine, summer is in its last phase here. Swim team has been over for weeks, the herons in the rookery around the corner have departed until next nesting season, and we are back-to-school shopping in earnest. Between her father, her grandmother, and me, Ashby spent… Continue reading Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

children · Family

Parental Controls Out of Control

Dear Susan, I blame what happened over July 4 on the storm that swept through Houston. It was one of our typical rain events – an Armageddon-like downpour that threatened flash flooding in the bayous, cancellation of all Fourth of July activities, and general alligator displacement. By 4:30 the rain had stopped, the sun was… Continue reading Parental Controls Out of Control

prayer

Of Mondegreens, Miscommunications, and Lonely Starbuck’s Lovers

Dear Susan, In the last few month, my 9-year old discovered Spotify. On any given day, you can find us swerving through the neighborhood, switching the car over to Bluetooth media mode and listening to her channel of choice, some of which have been eye-opening. For instance, I had all my pre-conceptions shattered one day… Continue reading Of Mondegreens, Miscommunications, and Lonely Starbuck’s Lovers

Art · Fashion

Over All These, Put on Love: Reactions to the Met’s “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit

  Dear Susan, When I noticed I was the only mom at the pool without crosses on my flip-flops, I knew I was out of my element. People in Texas wear their faith on their sleeves – and feet – literally. As we both know, this type of thing does not go down well back… Continue reading Over All These, Put on Love: Reactions to the Met’s “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit