personal

Encouragement

It's funny what power encouragement can have when we let it. At least for me, encouragement has the potential to light a spark that keeps my fire (of faith and of creativity) going for quite a while. I don't usually stop and meditate on the topic of encouragement, but Kate Rademacher, author of the memoir… Continue reading Encouragement

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Podcasts: Top 10

I never thought I'd say this, but I love podcasts. In recent months and years, there seems to have been an accelerating boom of podcasts, including numerous that align with my interests -- and the purposes of this blog -- centering around faith and/or mental health. Here's my current favorites, in alphabetical order because I can… Continue reading Podcasts: Top 10

book reflections, cultural issues, personal

Best of ’17

The past few years, at the end of the calendar year, I've posted a list of my favorite books read, blogs read, and blogs written. But I've been less actively blogging in 2017 and more actively writing other things (because, well, grad school!), as well as pretty actively living, learning, serving, and so on. So,… Continue reading Best of ’17

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Nevertheless She Persisted

In January she watched as women's marches took over downtowns around the world, complete with pink pussy hats and witty posters and various sorts of ideological disagreements. In February she started hearing the catch phrase, based on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's experience of being silenced mid-speech: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she… Continue reading Nevertheless She Persisted

personal, spiritual

In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma

The reflection I delivered today at my grandmother's memorial service: I have been blessed beyond measure to have Ellen Rust as my grandma. From a very young age, I always knew that Grandma loved me and my family with an unwavering, godly kind of love. She would call me her “little angel” and leave lipstick… Continue reading In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma