Dear Susan, The list of what I am allowed to eat includes dandelions, mustard greens, and seaweed. No, I am not grazing through my neighborhood or on a survivalist course. I was visiting my cousin, Debbie, over spring break and she convinced me to join her in a two-week detox while we were eating sweet… Continue reading A Lenten Detox
Dear Anne, While you were actively pursuing Swedish Death Cleaning, I had cleaning thrust upon me this week, with a side of humiliation. The other day, the furniture repair guy came and took my kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts to be refinished. What was I thinking when I decided this would be a good… Continue reading Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness? That Must Be Why My House is a Mess
Dear Susan, Forget actual dollars and any sense. Right now, we are in the thick of what Fast Company has termed “The Unicorn Economy”. I see it at home, as gold glitter cascades from my living room table across the rug and smears of color are all over my kitchen counters, looking like, well, a… Continue reading A Unicorn Lent & The Rainbow Connection
Dear Susan, The words “Reach out and touch faith” pound through the speakers. No, it is not a new Christian station. My daughter has discovered First Wave, a primarily ‘80s station on satellite radio. Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus was released in 1989, so it still makes the cut-off. In the front seat, I realize my… Continue reading Your Own Personal (Grumpy) Jesus
Dear Susan, Not to get too Forrest Gump on you, but it occurred to me the other day that Confession is like coffee. It is usually something you are not crazy about as a child but come to love, appreciate, and need as an adult. Absolution can give you a caffeine-like rush that can… Continue reading A Craving for Confession?
Dear Susan, Hate may be too strong a word. I can’t say that I truly hate anyone. However, I definitely have issues. The minute I heard the following exchange in the 1987 movie Barfly, a semi-autobiographical film about the life of street poet/writer Charles Bukowski, I thought “Yes! That’s it!”: Wanda: I can’t stand people,… Continue reading The Praying for People You Hate Project
Dear Anne, Thanks for the excellent report on the status of your Lenten practices. I’m jealous you found the self-denial-of-the-day app before me, though I am enjoying praying with my monks–they are definitely a keeper. I didn’t give up anything except my silly iPad games (which was a failure, not because I couldn’t give them up, but… Continue reading God’s Number One!