Face the Shadows

February 2 is the much-ballyhooed Groundhog Day. In Wisconsin, where I grew up, if we got to see spring six weeks from this date (which is, in fact, the first day of spring on the calendar), it was an early spring indeed, terrified rodent or not. That groundhog afraid of his shadow might be a good mascot for...

The Grace of the Moment

One of my favorite places to hang out is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Last week, the Harding University choir was visiting the city from Arkansas and stopped by the zoo. They noticed the acoustics in the reptile house and decided to hold an impromptu concert. I saw the video on Facebook and it...

Mary, Mother of God

As we celebrate the beginning of the new year, we’re still in the midst of the Christmas season. The hustle and bustle of shopping and parties is coming to an end. We wake up on New Year’s Day wanting some time to rest, to relax, to pull away from the madness for a bit. Today’s feast reminds us...

Waiting for Vizzini

In one of my favorite scenes from The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya is outside a pub, falling-down drunk, and he has this exchange with the soldier sent to remove him: Inigo: I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have. This is where I am, and this is where I’ll stay....

Excess Baggage

I’m back from Scotland. By the time I got to the ferry terminal in Aberdeen, even my carry-on backpack and smaller daypack felt too heavy and awkward to carry for any distance. This didn’t stop me from buying a 1.5 kg Shetland fleece on the first day of Wool Week. An undisclosed number of skeins...

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