Saturday, January 31, 2009

Two Things

1. You can find me dishing about The Three Day Look Fabulous Challenge on Vote Single, which, by the way, isn’t just for singles. And, yes, there are photos.
2. I know Jered is curious, so let me just say our Christmas tree came down today. It’s been properly boxed and put away in a closet, not the bathtub, and it’s still winter!


Friday, January 30, 2009


I don’t have any troubles to speak of, but that doesn’t stop me from saying this prayer:
Lord, please don’t make my life any harder than it is.
But if difficulty is unavoidable, make me strong enough for the challenge.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

About Leonardo

So many of da Vinci’s ideas didn’t work.
Knowing this is what inspires me the most.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rich Soil

Mark 4:1-20, The Parable of the Sower
I’ve always read this parable as a cautionary tale.
Be the rich soil.
Don't let the birds devour you.
Don't be shallow.
Don't get tangled up in thorns.
But tonight I see a roadmap.
1. Guard your heart against evil.
2. Persevere in difficult times.
3. Build your treasures in heaven, not on earth.
This is the path to deep roots and a plentiful harvest.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Well, It’s Not In My Mind

“Have you been crying all day?” my brother asked when he stopped by my office today.
“No,” I answered honestly.
“You look like sh*t!” he replied.
This is brotherly love and it’s worth more than gold.
This unsolicited comment also justified my emergency trip to Benefit’s makeup counter right after work, where I bought the famous dr. feelgood along with the claim it will make me flawless.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Be Gorgeous

Sheila R. Rose of Vote Single is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Funny how friends sometimes need the same thing at the same time without ever saying a word to each other about it.
Today, as she was devising her Three Day Look Fabulous Challenge, I was secretly making a list of beauty icons in hopes of being inspired. (This required telling myself that having such a list doesn’t make me terribly vain.)
I have a feeling her and I aren’t the only two on the planet in need of a pick-me-up. So consider yourself invited to join us.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Natural Reason

A conversation about Truvia, the new “natural” non-sugar sweetener, took my dad down a winding road of logic in which he came to the conclusion that everything -- absolutely everything -- is natural because even the stuff that’s not found in nature is made from something that is.
To prove his point, we looked up nylons to find out what they are made of. Turns out your pantyhose are a combination of coal, water and air.
“What’s more natural than air!” my dad exclaimed.
So convinced of his theory he’s willing to buy an In-N-Out burger to the first who can prove him wrong.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Walk for Life

If you are willing to make known what you believe, what you know to be real and true, some people are going to flip you off. And that’s OK.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Must (Holy) See TV

Just when I was lamenting a lack of quality programming, the Vatican got its own channel on YouTube. Look, you can watch the Pope baptizing babies!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fortune Teller

Me: Tell me something nice about our future.
Him: Well, in about 30 minutes we’ll be asleep.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

From Saturday

The most frivolous thoughts come to mind.
Things like sitcom dialogue.
Is this what my head is filled with?
Then, in my memory, I hear my high school French teacher.
She said, “God is going to give you so many days. At the end of your life, he will want to know what you did with your time.”
I think he expects a better answer then, “Watched TV.”


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Because One Person Can Change History


Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Morning

“How’s your inner child, Christina?”
“Umm. My inner child is great,” I answered, surprised by the question. “It’s my inner adult that wants to runaway to Tahiti.”


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sit-ups for the Soul

Spiritual exercises are like physical exercises -- invigorating and exhausting.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Great Pilgrimage

"I felt in need of a great pilgrimage so I sat still for three days
And God came to me."
~ Kabir of India

I won’t be sitting still, but I will be silent.
Be back Sunday.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For My Dad

Today he is 61.
He celebrated by beginning a course at Stanford called, "Living With Stress."
"It's very cool," he tells me.
And I'm happy he's happy.
Although, after nearly 35 years of marriage and the raising of four kids, I have a feeling he could teach the class.

Daddy, I doubt seriously you have any idea how deeply loved you are. Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ready for March 8

I think I’m going to begin a countdown for Daylight Saving Time.
I miss the long evenings of summer.
And yes, I have the nerve to say this on a day when it was 81 degrees.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Open Your Hand

You know that saying, “Let go, let God.”
It really works.
But the trick is in letting go.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Telling Secrets

Not yet 2, her eyes grew big as her father whispered in her ear.
“What were you telling her,” I asked later.
“The story of The Little Engine That Could,” he said.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

At The Museum

Leonardo da Vinci examined the human heart and saw it was a pump, not the soul. But when he dissected the brain, he knew its complexity connected us to divinity.


Friday, January 9, 2009

I Need A Professional

Yesterday I got my hair cut, and I felt like a million bucks.
Today I styled it myself and looked like a soccer mom (no offense to soccer moms).
I just don’t understand how I’ve blown dry my hair almost every day for 10 years, and I’m still no good at it.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Salt Goes Bad?

I’ve made a startling discovery in my kitchen.
If you don’t buy certain ingredients for a while, say 3 years, they expire.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Harden Not Your Heart

Jesus gives us miracle upon miracle.
During the day he multiples the loaves and fishes.
At night he walks on water.
But do his disciples marvel at his greatness.
No. They are like us -- terrified and lacking understanding.
Because unfortunately, like us, “their hearts were hardened.”


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Last Day of Christmas

“When the king of heaven was born, the heavens knew that he was God because they immediately sent forth a star; the sea knew him because it allowed him to walk upon it; the earth knew him because it trembled when he died; the sun knew him because it hid the rays of its light.”
~ Saint Gregory the Great


Monday, January 5, 2009

Don’t Be Discouraged

“God loves people who try. That is what he wants,” she said with confidence.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Good Eats

I suspect all you domestic gods and goddesses already know about this site, but on the off chance you don’t, check out It’s my new favorite weapon against the dinner dilemma.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Secret Life of Dishwashers

What happens on the bottom rack that certain dishes are forbidden from seeing?


Friday, January 2, 2009

Friends Welcome Here

"Go often to the house of a friend for weeds soon cover the path."
~Scandinavian Proverb

Call if you need directions.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hello, 2009

Welcome possibilities and new adventures, laughter and conversation. I know enough to know you will not be perfect, but I’m optimistic anyway.
And I’m excited to see what thrills await in your 365 days.


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