Daily quarantine thought: A Prayer

Daily quarantine thought: A Prayer

From Marilynne Robinson's Gilead : "For me writing has always felt like praying, even when I wasn't writing prayers, as I was often enough. You feel that you are with someone. I feel I am with you now, whatever that can mean . . . Well, but how deeply I regret any sadness you have [...]

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 [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Why you don’t have to reframe the narrative

Daily quarantine thought: Why you don’t have to reframe the narrative

I listen to a lot of female-hosted self-care podcasts, and LAWL, do those women love to reframe a narrative. It's a therapy-adjacent phrase that reminds us to change our perspective on a problem to view it in a more positive light. And I find it helpful most of the time. For instance, I've been trying [...]

Daily quarantine thought: The “particularly intolerable” of today

Daily quarantine thought: The “particularly intolerable” of today

As someone who's been thoroughly churched her whole life, I have a pretty robust philosophy on hardship and how it should be born. And when it stays in the theoretical realm, hardship always seems saintly. Martyr-ish. Noble. But when a particular problem arises, it feels a lot less beatific. I wasn't expecting this particular puddle [...]

Daily quarantine thought: For moms missing their work during the quarantine

Daily quarantine thought: For moms missing their work during the quarantine

This morning I set out to write something inspiring for parents stuck at home during the quarantine. I'm positive that it would have been very profound and beautiful, too, if the ABC Mouse app my son was using hadn't abruptly stopped working as soon as I opened my laptop. Then my daughter, who only seconds [...]

How toxic masculinity is hurting our boys’ friendships and what we can do about it

How toxic masculinity is hurting our boys’ friendships and what we can do about it

I know I'm not the only parent wringing her hands about The Miseducation of the American Boy. After all the progress we've made, Peggy Orenstein's article exposed an underbelly of stubborn toxic masculinity that still pervades locker rooms, frat houses, and athletic teams. The TL;DR version is that while feminism has opened up multiple avenues [...]

The Mom-dalorian: What the Mandalorian taught me about being a parent

The Mom-dalorian: What the Mandalorian taught me about being a parent

I thought I would be much older when I ordered my first box of Rogaine. Actually, I never really envisioned this moment for myself. But there it is, on my list of Amazon orders, right above diapers and below coffee filters. I have to say that of all the surprises of aging so far, including [...]