Category Archives: lament

Making Parenting Easier (2)

Making Parenting Easier #5: Living in the Gap/The Water’s Lovely

What kind of parent were you going to be like? Did you always imagine yourself going on daily nature adventures or doing crafts with your pre-schoolers? Reading aloud around the fire on winter evenings? Dispensing your hard-won wisdom to a rapt audience of eager teenagers? If you thought about parenting much before you had kids, […]

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Advent in Art #5: The Flight into Egypt

On this last day of the Christmas season we are remembering that there was a great deal of suffering surrounding Christ’s birth. Mary was socially isolated to the point of giving birth while basically homeless. Joseph was charged with the responsibility of protecting a baby with a price on his head. And hundreds of children […]

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Imperfect is the New Perfect #3: Vulnerability, Shame and Courage

When social work researcher Brené Brown discovered the crucial importance of vulnerability for human wellbeing and connection, she had a breakdown. Well, she says in her 2010 TEDx talk, ‘I call it a breakdown, my therapist calls it a spiritual awakening.’ She was a perfectionist who wanted to clean up messes of all kinds. She […]

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Want the Bad News?

There’s too much bad news in the world. And there’s more than there used to be. Go to your usual media source of news and count: how many bad news stories in the top ten? There’s a lot to choose from. There are currently a dozen or so major wars in the world. Whenever you read […]

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