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

relationships · women

Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus

Dear Susan, Yesterday, Ted and I set an appointment to speak with each other. Yes, it’s gotten that extreme. With a husband who travels frequently, spends the majority of his day on conference calls, and whose voicemail is always full, it can sometimes be hard to get a little face time with the one you… Continue reading Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus