the scary face

the scary face

Note: This post first appeared on my personal blog May 2007.   A conversation between Darin and myself last night after I settled onto the couch: Darin: How was work today? How was your staff meeting? Me: Work was good. Staff meeting was pretty good. I kinda threw a bit of a temper tantrum though. Darin: Oh yeah? Why? Deanna: Well, Pastor Mike threw this huge project at us (involving collecting all the worship songs we sing from April-September) and…

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A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

First off, a disclaimer: I am no expert. There are men and women who have been working and protesting and community organizing for many years and I am most certainly a newbie. So the thoughts and questions and conversations here are not polished and not really written from much experience. Rather, they are a humble offering to you as a result of searching for the words and stories to help educate my own two budding activists. In addition, these are words…

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Seriously?

Seriously?

A lament… No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue.     The whole This American Life episode that includes this song is worth your time. Lyrics: Let’s start with hope I threw it in the middle like a skipping stone The ripples won, son of a gun Some would not have thought so But I stand here Commander in Chief And I take that seriously But along the way A rogue ripple turned tidal wave In reaction to what I tried…

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The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down

Sometime over Christmas break as I queued up the Hamilton music soundtrack for the 4,327th time, Daisy asks me how long ago the musical came out. Not thinking much of it, I casually suggest about a year as an answer. Daisy stares at me quite shocked and demands to know why in the world we are just listening to it now! So yeah, I may be a bit behind in the Hamilton mania, but trust me, I have fully embraced…

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Wonder

Wonder

I wrote and shared this devotion with a local MOMSNext group this December, pondering a bit on their theme of “wonder.” I thought I’d share it in this space as well. Merry Christmas friends.    Wonder by Jan L Richardson “The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And…

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – PEACE

Fourth Sunday of Advent – PEACE

REVIEW: Previous week’s candles. Advent symbols. How we are feeling about the upcoming arrival of the king. LIGHT THE CANDLES AND ASK: What makes you feel peaceful? (blanket, cup of warm milk, hug, snuggles) SAY: Those things help me feel peaceful too. (If your children mentioned cuddles or blankets, snuggle on the couch under blankets for the story today.) But you know what? The Peace that Jesus gives is even greater than a blanket or a warm cup of milk….

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Third Sunday of Advent – JOY

Third Sunday of Advent – JOY

REVIEW: Previous week’s candles. Advent symbols. Why we celebrate advent. LIGHT THE HOPE and LOVE CANDLES, along with a PINK CANDLE AND ASK: What are you most excited about for Christmas? (This week’s candle is pink because we are over half-way through advent, there is great celebration to be had…Jesus is coming!) SAY: That feeling of excitement is kind of like the feeling of happiness, kind of like joy. But joy and happiness are a little different. Happiness is a…

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