Reclamation

Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay I’m back! It’s been more than a 18 months since I sat down and focused on writing. The pandemic struck and so many of the things that had always sustained me were shoved to the back burner… except I forgot to tun on the burner, so it’s just sat... Continue Reading →

Patience

Patience is an act of faith—a proclamation of trust—that God’s Will will be done in time. (Click to view video)

More Than I Bargained For: Lent

I won't lie--as Lent began I still didn't know what I would fast from throughout this season of Lent. I thought about the things I had given up in the past--anywhere from the selfishly motivated giving up of sweets (that was more of a diet disguised as a religious discipline) to the far more difficult... Continue Reading →

Crisis: Week 10

I have found myself desperately reaching for the calm wisdom of Mr. Rogers over the past few weeks as the Covid-19 virus has made it's way around the globe. It's one thing to get on social media and post funny memes about all the people panic-buying toilet paper, or grumbling at the grocery story with... Continue Reading →

Failure: Week 8

There is a fantastic scene in the new Mr. Rogers movie in which our beloved children's show host hilariously fails at setting up a tent on his show. As he struggles with the apparatus and mutters under his breath, his crew can't help but smirk at the good-natured man being bested by the very same... Continue Reading →

Change: Week Two

One of the primary reasons I took on this Mr. Rogers project for 2020 was because I wanted to spend the year practicing how to love and appreciate all of my neighbors. We live in a polarized and divisive society and as I contemplated how to navigate those choppy waters I figured Mr. Rogers would... Continue Reading →

Gratitude: Week One

In the first entry for my Year of Living Like Mr. Rogers project, I decided to focus on gratitude. As a child, watching Mr. Rogers, one of things I remember him often saying was, "Thank you for being you." We often thank people, but the unspoken caveat is that they have done something that helps... Continue Reading →

Un-Choosing Fatalism

When I was studying Appalachian culture in college, one debate we often had in our classes was about whether the Appalachian people were fatalistic in their worldview. As a twenty-something with a wide world awaiting her and a head full of dreams, I argued that we were, in fact, not fatalistic. Years have spun out... Continue Reading →

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