Tonight I’m going to see a some Shakespeare in the Park and I’m discovering that I’m keyed up with excitement. I’ve not seen a live play in person for over a year and I miss the stage. There is an alchemy of sorts that happens between performers and an audience, and it’s a magical thing to be part of. Here’s to all the players!
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A Liturgy for the Planting of Flowers
The folks at the Rabbit Room are celebrating summer by sharing a liturgy from Every Moment Holy.
- In celebration of summertime, here’s a liturgy from Every Moment Holy, Vol. 1 about planting flowers and glimpsing the beauty of creation in both its birth and its completion.
The Secret Sauce of Gratitude
Stephanie Formenti reminds us of a key ingredient in our walk of faith.
- My family and I lived in Brazil for a little over three years. And while I grew to appreciate many things about Brazil, probably the thing I learned to love the most is the delicious food! I love the tropical fruit, the beans and rice, the meat, and the cheese bread. But the best Brazilian food is my mother-in-law’s cooking, and here is the secret to her food: she starts almost every dish by sauteing fresh garlic and diced onions in quality olive oil. It’s the base for nearly everything she cooks, and this flavor combination makes all of her food really delicious.
The Great Gatsby in Graphic Novel Form
Hayley and Betsy from Redeemed Reader recommend a new take on a classic.
- Hayley and Betsy discuss the excellent, new graphic novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby adapted by K. Woodman-Maynard (Candlewick, 2021).
What Is Contemplative Spirituality and How Can It Help Parenting?
Amanda Idleman looks at how practices of contemplative spirituality can shape our families.
- If we aren’t careful we can spend so much of our time as parents stuck in survival mode. It is truly a job that never ends! Yet, God calls us to not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9). It is important that we remember that parenting is such important and good work that God calls us to do.
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Crafted by Hand
Seth Grotzke meditates on the making of things.
- The lone man stared at us as we meandered through the old stone village. We had been down these ancient paths at other times, but each time deserves another look at history. This grouping of homes, pulled from the earth in the form of rough-hewn rock and aged timber is known as Espinoso de Compludo.
Great Expectations: A Review
Théa Rosenburg reviews a “putdownable” book.
- “I couldn’t put it down.”
“You won’t be able to put it down.”
I recently read our local bookstore’s monthly magazine, and the reviews were littered with phrases like this. This seems to be the highest praise we can give a book now: it was so good it made you forget you were reading!
But I want to take a moment and consider the books that are so good we have to put them down.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need some ideas for ways to make Memorial Day a great time together as a family? Consider these!
Something to Watch
Since I can’t really travel these days, I find myself turning to videos of the world from time to time. Here’s a lovely one.
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