Overcoming the Goat Curse

I’ve always been a fan of the underdog. Radically so. Even to the point of sometimes switching allegiances because “my team” was playing against the underdog team. Whether it’s because they’re the underdogs, or simply a best-loved team, or some other reason, the Cubs seemed to become America’s sweetheart team in last fall's World Series. Before the World Series of 2016, I hadn’t … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (part 3)

He said that whenever and wherever his good news would be shared, what I did would also be remembered and told.... Maybe it was that experience - that understanding - that convinced me to stay beside him a few days later. Many of his other disciples had struggled to understand his teaching, especially when he talked about his impending death. And when things didn’t make sense, … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (part 2)

I came from Migdal. A town widely known for its fish - a special coincidence I hardly consider chance. After all, Jesus called his disciples “fishers of men” - I was one of his fishers. I was one of those who fished for humanity with Jesus’ truth. I proudly declared my role as a fisher of men in my very name. I was Miriam of Migdal - that’s what he called me…. But I’m getting ahead of … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (Part 1)

Easter always reminds me of her. So much attention is focused on the disciples who fearfully ran off. They abandoned Jesus. Even denied him. And yet, so little attention is focused on her. Except maybe when the scriptures are read. Of course, I’ve always preferred the scriptures about her over the fanciful, awful stories, legends and fables. Those made up stories run rampant about her. … [Read more...]

“Messy: God Likes it That Way” Book Review

I'm a mom. In fact, I'm a mom of ten kids. Yes, ten. You might think a mom of ten kids would be naturally accepting, even if by default, of disorder and messiness. You might think so, but you'd be wrong. Although I can usually put up with a little mess for awhile, eventually a pile of legos, stray school books, or a growing pile of papers on my desk puts me over the top. And from that … [Read more...]