Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

In epic tales, the spiritual mentor dies just when the quest is at its most precarious. As a member of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, I felt this way when we lost our beloved priest, Thomas McKenzie, to a car wreck this week.    In Lord of the Rings, the fellowship is already weary and [...]

Montage your life: A trick for when you can’t rest

Montage your life: A trick for when you can’t rest

Anyone else having a hard time letting themselves rest now that the pandemic is starting to wind down in the U.S.? I've been struggling with this lately, even though I’ve been busy serving as the sole caregiver, friend, teacher, playmate, and germ guardian (virus bouncer?) to both of my children for the last year and [...]

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

I had mostly succeeded at scrubbing my vocabulary of curse words when my oldest child became sentient, but lately they've crept back into my head. And also my speech. Apparently dropping an F-bomb here or there releases endorphins, which is probably why these words keep rising to my lips unbidden. There is a serious lack [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

I keep thinking of this line from Spanglish. Yes, the 2004 Adam Sandler rom-com which netted only 53% on rotten tomatoes. That one. We've brought you Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, and now . . . Spanglish. Bear with me. Let’s be friends: Join our email list Mid-way through the film,Tea Leoni’s character cheats on her long-suffering [...]