He was huge, an immaculately dressed African-American man walking with confidence and purpose. He came into my Newsstand on a mission. I was intimidated initially; he greeted me with such self-assurance. But when I heard what he had to say, I admit, I felt the spark of evil mischief alight in my heart.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
I have been saying ‘I don’t want kids’ since my late teens, and I think people may be starting to believe me. I am over thirty, and I’ve been married for several years, so I’m running out of time, you might say. But I don’t care. I find this interesting, considering how family- and child-oriented church life can be (How did I not get bit by the baby bug?) and I suspect that many of my friends might think it’s slightly offensive as well.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sex, Mom, and God by Frank Schaeffer, p.3-4:
“People who say that they believe every word of the Bible (i.e., ‘Bible-believing’ Christians and the more fundamentalist Jews) are not necessarily 100 percent Bible literalists. They believe that everything the Bible affirms is true because it is the ‘inerrant Word of God.’ But that’s the grown-ups. From a child’s perspective peering out at the larger world from deep in the cocoon of a ‘Bible-believing home,’ every word of the Bible is understood to be true in ways that nothing else is or ever will be even if, years later, that child grows up and changes his or her mind.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
And I always will. I have never been able to resist getting lost in a good story. I remember the first time it happened: I was lying on my mother’s bed; I was warm though it was cold outside. The book was By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I got so caught up in the part where Laura and Lena ride the black ponies that I did not hear my mother call me for dinner. She got mad, and I got in trouble, but it was totally worth it. I loved that book, and when I found out there were more books in the series I was over the moon. I read them all, many times.