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Interests: Baking, Dickens, running for novices, folk music, and the impact of early fatty acid intake on neurodevelopment. also a painless strategy for keeping <s>four</s> five kids in matching (or at least matching-ish) socks through a Midwestern winter.
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We said goodbye to foster dog #9 this morning. He spent a little less than 16 hours with us, and it was not a happy experience. Cooper is a 9-year-old chihuahua mix, and I know that chihuahuas can be cranky... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Light and Momentary
I am participating in the project Laura Vanderkam is doing in preparation for her next book, to be called Tranquility by Tuesday. Every week she sends out a rule. You take a survey about the rule beforehand, you attempt to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Look at what I bound off today: This is the Stephen West MKAL that I started in the fall. As you might guess from the number of color changes, I have a lot of ends to weave in. A lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Half mast again: the flags, the hearts The world droops As if we had all slid together into the Persistence of Memory Time melts, strength ebbs, hope sags We have the same arguments We shout into the same echo chambers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Grading is harder than usual this semester. I guess some of it was to be expected. When students don't have the opportunity to chat about assignments in class, misunderstandings don't get cleared up and some unexpected stuff gets submitted. Of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Today one of my colleagues and I made a lunch date for the first Friday in May. It's the first time in more than a year that I've planned to share a table with someone who doesn't share my address.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I grew up with dogs and then lived a dogless adult life, which means that I keep bumping up against the ways that dog ownership has changed since I was a kid. Some of it was obvious from the outside.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Light and Momentary
We haven’t had a foster dog since Bandit left on Boxing Day. This is Charlotte, whose owner surrendered her this morning. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Jen Fulwiler used to post about the saying that every baby comes with a loaf of bread under his arm -- the idea that when God sends a baby, he also provides for that baby's family in unexpected ways. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Light and Momentary
You may remember our ductwork bunyip, who lurks in search of tasty nibbles or at least nice yoga pants. It's been a while since we've had a bunyip update on the blog, but today our quiet bunyip reminded us that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Light and Momentary
It is two below (-19°C) and getting colder, and we are expecting 3-6 inches of snow. One of the things I often mutter about when Hollywood attempts to do winter weather is that usually you don't get a ton of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I am up to Leviticus in my annual read-through of the Bible. This is probably the eighth time I've read Leviticus, and always before it's been a slog. "Historical interest!" I tell myself. "The struggle for holiness!" I tell myself.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Light and Momentary
It's bitterly cold here in Gladlyville today, as it is across much of the Midwest. It was nine below when I got out of bed (-23°C, for my non-US friends), and I was listening to our furnace labor in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Today the phone rang and I learned that a loved one has been hospitalized with COVID -- someone my age, previously healthy. Ten minutes later I learned that my parents received their first vaccine dose. I'd been so worried about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Elwood and I were talking about maybe watching the movie Contagion together, and it made me think about the ways that fictional plagues are different from actual plagues. Books like The Stand and Station Eleven had prepared me for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Light and Momentary
One of the reasons work feels overwhelming right now is that I am hard at work on revising paper #3, from the fall semester. You might recall that this paper was extensively revised in November, and in the normal run... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I have been refreshing Facebook this weekend, watching a heated conversation get more heated. On his personal Facebook page, my pastor shared a recent Michael Sean Winters piece, saying he didn't agree with all of it but found it thought-provoking.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2021 at Light and Momentary
It's the end of week 3, and I am keeping up but just barely. Phew, getting everything online is a LOT. I didn't realize how much students rely on conversations about what's coming up. You can do your best to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Our clinic organized COVID vaccinations for everybody involved in routine direct patient care. I only have occasional clinical responsibilities, so I did not expect to be on the list. But then the clinic director sent out an email saying that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Light and Momentary
We are in a little lull here, in which the post-Christmas numbers have stabilized and the new, more contagious COVID variant has not yet wrought any visible mischief here in Gladlyville. Yesterday I went back to the climbing gym with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Light and Momentary
At some point in the last four years I looked at a big bowl of root vegetable slaw and I said, "I am going to eat slaw until I feel better." We make a lot of slaw at our house,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Light and Momentary
MomQueenBee commented on my pandemic blanket a few days ago, so this is a post about how to make your own. Take a big pile of worsted-weight leftovers in colors that make you happy. You can also combine sportweight or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Light and Momentary
When I read One Thousand Gifts I took up gratitude journaling for a while. I thought it might transform me into a spiritual powerhouse but actually it just made me grumpy. Ann Voskamp wrote so enthusiastically about seeing the goodness... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Light and Momentary
One day in 2003 I thought to myself, "I'm going to grab the caulking gun and caulk along that spot where the upstairs bathtub meets the floor." This was a task that needed doing -- we could see that there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I am feeling calmer this week, with some thoughts I want to remember. Thought #1: anticipatory anxiety is almost always worse than being in the middle of things. Last week I just wasn't remembering how much I enjoy teaching and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Light and Momentary