Welcoming the Weeds

Oh, goodness y’all, I need to tell you about DARNEL. I think any teacher will recognize the FEELING you get in your STOMACH whenever someone utters the name of one of Those Students. The bane of your existence. The kid whose sole purpose in life seems to be to make your classroom experience as torturous … Continue reading “Welcoming the Weeds”

The problem of individualism

So I’ve been contemplating the message(s) in the Parable of the Sower, in which a gardener tosses around a bunch of seeds with extreme abandon. Whether these seeds (the Word of God, love, peace, wisdom, enlightenment, nirvana) take root and grow depends on where they land: in the path, on rocky soil, amongst thorny bushes, … Continue reading “The problem of individualism”

Welcome as a Spiritual Practice

I’ve been thinking a lot this morning about welcome as a spiritual practice. A deep, true welcome is more than merely being nice to others, and it goes beyond simply accepting someone into our company. Such welcome is superficial if it also has to happen on our terms, according to our timeline, and in a … Continue reading “Welcome as a Spiritual Practice”

Some Paintings Refuse to be Painted

Sometimes things don’t turn out like you planned. For example, that awesome painting here, of an owl in an apple tree? Well, check out the photo I was using as my guide… Yeah… Things went awry.  But here’s the thing. The final product turned out awesome! I just had to trust in the process. I … Continue reading “Some Paintings Refuse to be Painted”