Day of the Dead: Cultural Interchange

“Celebrations like Día de los Muertos are gaining popularity in the U.S. because the spiritual awareness gives integrity to the festivities that have been denuded of spiritual meaning.  The only way to keep the integrity of the holiday is to retain its primary purpose: the unification of the communion of saints and a cheeky nod to death.” -Meghan…

Mexico’s Anton Dvorak

Listening to classical music on the radio, I get transported every time they play Aaron Copeland, Gershwin, or Dvorak’s New World Symphony.  For me, nothing evokes the USA quite as well as music from these geniuses.  (Yes, I know Dvorak was Czech, but honestly–is there anything more evocative than the New World Symphony?)  This got…

Kicking It Up a Notch–Through Unusual Means

Sometimes I daydream about going to grad school.  But for most of the programs that I’d like to go to school for, it would be useful to have a bachelor’s degree in the program.  History, music, theology . . . these are the subjects I keep going back to.  In all three areas, I’ve been…

Checking for Understanding Or Consensus?

We’re getting in the car now, OK? You’re going to take a bath, OK? It’s time to go to the doctor, OK? I asked questions like this all the time.  Everybody does, right? But is this what we really want to be asking our kids?  Do we want them to agree with us that it’s…

Staying Present

Want to live with more wonder and joy? Pay attention to life in the present! Being aware of our surroundings will also help us to be aware of God’s presence in our lives.

The Less-Stress Way to Get Rid of Lice

The Boy with lice.   The Boy without lice.   Like he said, his hair grows quickly.   Caution:  this might not be the best method of lice removal for girls.