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My Wandering Pen. Blog Thoughts.

"Not all those who wander are lost."

– J.R.R. Tolkein

Some Beautiful Resources

This post is simple. I'd like to share with you a small list of beautiful resources. Some of these I've been gleaning from for years now, some for only a few months or even days. I commend each one in different ways and for different reasons. You may not connect with...

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Hallowed be Thy Name | A Practice

Right before he gave them the language of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus was helping his disciples understand what their prayer life ought to look like: “When you pray,” he said, “don’t pray like those hypocrites who love to be noticed by others trying to prove their own...

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Way of Beauty | Way of Sabbath

Last week in class we discovered more of Beauty—its character and its story—through the third line of the Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed be Thy Name. Pope Benedict, in his 2009 address to artists had this to say about beauty: “Indeed, an essential function of genuine beauty,...

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The Beauty of a Name | Our Father…

In our Sunday School class, we are telling Beauty’s story through a deep line-by-line dive into the Lord’s Prayer. If you look carefully at the prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray, you might see it arcing into narrative form. There is character and setting, a...

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A Meditation on Psalm 27

This week, I've been sharing how the medieval monastic culture approached reading and 'memorializing' Scripture. I've been practicing what I've learned from the medievals (or at least my understanding of it) and applying it to my own Scripture reading time. Because I...

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Going Medieval for Beauty’s Sake | Part Two

In Wednesday’s post, I shared with you the process medieval monastics used to read and remember the Scriptures. Discovering and studying the way of the medieval has been deeply satisfying, a gift and practice of delight in this particular season of living. You can go...

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Resurrecting the Blog in 2021

Happy 2021! Finally. And yet, not much has changed on the outside. Something is stirring however. I sense it. I sense it as magnificently as I feel the down-to-my-bones chill in the air when I run. As potent and home-spun as the smell of cow pasture on my way to the...

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Consider the Cicada

image from npr.org It is the season of the cicadas here in my Southwest Virginia mountain town. I’d never heard of cicadas until moving out East. It is one more thing I love about this part of the country. My first introduction to cicadas was in 2004—our first full...

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My favorite photo of 2019

Happy 2020! I'm sure you've heard it, or read it or thought it a hundred times already this year, but here it is again: Time really is flying by. I remember ushering in the year 2000--a young 20-something, dewy new mama--thinking, "Gosh, imagine how old I'll be twenty...

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Coming Home to Children’s Literature

I am enrolled this fall in a children’s literature course at Hollins. I’ve been slowly picking my way through classes in Hollins MALS program: Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies. My focus is—shocking—all things literature. Immersing myself if children’s literature...

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