Sex and controversy

Thanks Sherry for letting me hijack your link to Donald Miller’s writing. I read Blue Like Jazz long ago enough that I have kind of forgotten what it said, except that I was glad at the time that he said it and I read it.  And it became a Bestseller.  And it was nice to…

Near to my heart

As the person in our family who has to chase down situations in which we are being treated unfairly or not receiving credit or generally have to deal with the big draconian situation with government employees…. I wish I could have made this video. But I am glad he did.  Basically, on a flight he…

Some good reading

Thank God someone finally wrote this article about “Joe Six Pack”.  The article makes light and looks at how wrong it is to clump voters into these overly simplified groups.  I knew there was something wrong and a little unnerving about the idea of “soccer moms”, it turned them all into these monochromatic, minivan driving,…

Merit pay for teachers

We have a cool show here in Portland called Think Out Loud. They pick a subject and then have a panel of knowledgeable folks on the radio and let people call in with their thoughts, opinions etc. You can even post if you would like to join the conversation. edit: in my haste I didn’t…

Religious Political Culture wars in Portland Oregon

I have always liked more to live in an environment that is relatively liberal. Such as Portland, Oregon. But sometimes, Portland and me, see, we don’t always agree. There is a sort of tension I see/hear/read/experience living as a follower of Christ in the wildly liberal PacNW. Recently I met a friend up at Mississippi…

What me worry?

Back when I was young, carefree in college, I worried about things like making rent, making grades, making it to work on time. I didn’t create things to worry about, like what would happen if… And the quality of worry was that I could more or less control these things, so it compelled me to…

Cold

The thought occurred to me this week “What if the temp lingers between 34 and 59 degrees all summer?” like it has this spring.  Actually, 59 is balmy. I think I am listening to NPR too much and all their sounding of the environmental crisis alarm bells.

The world is insane

Perhaps it was the “How they killed the Electric Car” DVD I watched not too long ago. Or maybe it is all the news about how people are suddenly starving to death and there is all of a sudden this giant shortage of food worldwide. Or maybe it is all the economic panic. Or maybe…

What do you do with a pregnant teacher?

There are times in life when I felt like people looked at me like a question mark. As in, I was a question mark. Like when I was a young adult and my parents worried about my future and my decisions. As a pregnant teacher I also feel like that. I am asked daily what…