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Flower Show Protest

All last week I felt a strong urge to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show—an extravagance I might have hesitated to write about after Jeanne's post on middle class Quakers making others uncomfortable by talking about things they can’t afford, except that my being there and writing about it ended up feeling so right. At first [...]

March 13th, 2011|Nonviolent Direct Action|

Me and My Middle Class Taxes

I tried to post a long comment in response to Liz's comment on my last blog post as well as her spouse Jeanne's blog post that referenced it, but putting several links in a comment did not go well, so I'll just make this a new post. I agree with what I understand to be Jeanne [...]

March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

How Spiritual Discernment is Like Doing Your Taxes

I'm teaching Discerning Our Calls at Pendle Hill this semester, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how we listen for divine guidance in our lives. I'm also working on my 2010 taxes. Perhaps it was inevitable that I would start to see connections, far fetched as they may sound. This blog may be the [...]

February 24th, 2011|Spirituality|


I’m breaking my self-imposed blogging break because I’ve been inspired by a new book, Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard, a reporter who has covered climate change for decades but didn’t really “get it” in a gut way until he had a daughter and started to imagine her future. [...]

February 2nd, 2011|Climate Change|

Job Hunting?

As promised, I've been clearing space--including taking a break from blogging--in order to discern what I'm meant to do next. I've been journaling more, reading some spiritual books, paying attention to my dreams, and having good conversations with good friends. One of the recent topics has been a job opportunity with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the [...]

November 30th, 2010|Writing|

Fallow Period for the Blog

I’ve been posting less frequently, as faithful readers may have noticed. It’s connected to my last post about clearing space, which I’m still trying to do. The papers are finally graded, and though there are always little things that need doing, I’m trying to make inner nurture the priority this month, if not this season. [...]

November 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Clearing Space

I’m back after a whirlwind trip to the Boston area and wanting to seriously clear space so I can discern what’s next. But first I have to pay the bills, finish my daughter’s high school applications, grade 26 papers, email the five students with late papers, and write an overdue blog post. If I were [...]

October 20th, 2010|Writing|

Taking in the Good

I’ve been hit with a cold and with a pile of high school applications for my eighth grade daughter, so it’s going to be short this week (though I do have a blog post on the Huffington Post today, if you want to check that out). I’ve been listening to a series on “integral spirituality” called [...]

October 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|


The night before my kids went back to school this year, my eleven-year-old son sliced off the very tip of his left index finger while finishing a back-to-school project. His dad and I took turns holding pressure on it for 3 ½ hours, until the blood finally stopped bubbling to the skinless surface, which was [...]

September 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

In Response to A Modest Proposal

Over on his blog, Brent Bill has been making "A Modest Proposal" in five parts for the revitalization of the Quaker message in the United States. There's lots of good stuff in these posts, including a very funny video about what would happen if Starbucks marketed the way many churches do. (I think non-Quakers who [...]

September 23rd, 2010|Spirituality|
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