Human Post-its

School is winding down here in Kansas City. The long year of wind and snow and nowhere to go is slowly nearing its end, with sunshine and Spring showers abounding. All of the students and teachers and staff stuck with it, and it’ll feel so good to enjoy the summer adventures knowing that you did…

Available vs Approachable

May I help you clean up from dinner? (seated in the dining room) vs.  I’ll help clean up; where should I start? (standing in the kitchen) Are you Available or Approachable? Is it either/or? I’ve been thinking about these two words lately… available… a fast food restaurant open 24 hours a day, always open! a person…

Coffee Kind of Faith

I want a coffee kind of faith.. One that is brewed slowly and continuously, percolating with each sunrise and sunset, Accessible around the world for many, producing different nuances of flavors, One that comforts the soul and warms the body.   I want a coffee kind of faith… A belief system that is accessible to…

Sometimes, people die.

I wish I did not have to write this. It’s much more fun to talk about sunshine and summer camp and really happy things in life. I’m wearing pineapple earrings and a pineapple sweater because they are cheery and fun, and grief can be really dark. The truth is, sometimes people (& animals) die. Many…

Poetry Rice

One summer, I went to Nicaragua with a bunch of teenagers. We only had 10 days, so we did our best to prepare for our journey. We knew we were being led by a tiny town’s group of moms (like a PTA) to add an addition onto the one school in town. We knew we’d…

Happy Easter! (for 50 days)

Easter Sunday is one day. The Easter Season, however, is 7 weeks long. It begins with Easter Sunday (April 21 this year) and concludes June 8, the day before Pentecost Sunday. We have a lot more rejoicing and celebrating to do! How do we keep the Easter party going? There are many ways to stay…