saturday session (10/21)

Morning. It’s Saturday. This is my only Saturday I’m not spending at work this month. I’m taking full advantage of it and…going to get my oil changed. Yay, adulthood!

But no, I might also find somewhere to watch Game 7 (yay, baseball!), but I might also watch some Stranger Things to get ready for season two, coming out next week, or I might just go somewhere like the mall and not buy anything, just walk around. See, that’s the real appeal of adulthood: Having options.

Anyway, whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a nice Saturday (or Sunday, for my eastern hemisphere readers–hi, guys), and here are the links:

  • I stayed in my car in the parking lot of Jason’s Deli after lunch on Sunday because this performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was so good I didn’t want to interrupt with anything silly like driving.
  • Things you don’t think about: Where do clergy get their clothes? (High-church clergy, obviously–the people who do robes and clerical collars and such. Low-church folks shop at Old Navy, I think.)
  • Props to this would-be adoptive mom for doing the right thing.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda interviews Stephen Sondheim. (That’s all you need to know, right? Right? Well, just in case: These two fellas are among the best lyricists and composers in musical theatre, and there’s nothing like game recognizing game.)
  • My friend Abby wrote a killer piece about Christian celebrity and falls from grace that hits a little close to home around these parts.

saturday session (10/14)

Good morning, folks. It’s a beautiful Saturday here in southeast Texas. My mom’s birthday is today, so this evening will be spent at the parental units’ residence. We’re supposed to get a bit of a cool front early next week, so I’m looking forward to that. I have a few baby showers on the docket, and I’m already gearing up for all the holiday whatnot in the next handful of months.

But otherwise, not a lot going on. I’m almost settled on a church, I think. Next step is to figure out where to move after my lease runs out early next year. But that’s another story for another time, I think.

Meanwhile, the world continues to be insane as usual. The writer Karen Swallow Prior said something pretty salient this week on Twitter (and by the way, she’s an excellent follow):

From flags to sex, to politics, to entertainment & power, America’s idols are being revealed–a moment of grace, if only we will receive it.

If only we will receive it. May it be.

Anyway, on with the show:

That’s all I have. Be well.


In the winter las monarcas
fly home to Mexico for their family reunion,
to stay warm in cold times,
to save up the mountain air and water
for when they go back to the States
where they live and work,

to see their thousands of cousins and catch up
on the news from Ontario or Boston or Buffalo–

how is the milkweed this year,
how many of their children have been scooped up
and imprisoned in glass for the education
of the humans’ little ones,
how proud they are that they
grew from green worm to wings of fire
and found their way down anyway.

And las mariposas set their
few square miles aflame until
back to the north they return.

saturday session (10/7)

“It’s another Saturday [afternoon] and I ain’t got nobody / I got some money ’cause I just got paid…”

Happy Saturday, dear readers. Not much going on in my neck of the woods, so I’ll just go straight to the links:

  • Pansori is a Korean storytelling and musical tradition–just the clips in that link make me want to track down some more.
  • I heard about Big Table through an interview with its founder, Kevin Finch (Eugene Peterson’s nephew, for you theology wonks). We tend to forget about the folks who make our food, and how hard it can be; Big Table seeks to be church to them. I’d love to do something like this in Houston (although my Spanish would have to get better).
  • Lovely article from Abby Hummel on The Sound of Music and current-day social issues.
  • I would be remiss if I didn’t link y’all to Lin-Manuel Miranda and friends singing for Puerto Rico.
  • Or to Chance the Rapper’s new song, for that matter.
  • Eater has some reporting up about suburban restaurant chains like TGI Friday’s and Olive Garden and the like, and how we millennials are supposedly killing them.
  • Finally, there’s a lecture on tonight at Lanier Theological Library, starting at 7–if you’re reading this the day of its publication, I think there’s still time to register.


saturday session (9/30/17)

Hi, gang. I’m about to go do a load of laundry and then get ready for my friend’s wedding, so all in all a good Saturday ahead. Folks down in Mexico and Puerto Rico still need help, so don’t forget to give.

Meanwhile, here’s the links:

  • Man, don’t we all need this: 100 ideas for packing your lunch. (The last ten, under “Desperate Times Call For Desperate Lunches,” are hilarious mostly because we’ve all been there.)
  • I’m a big fan of fun e-mail. I recommend, um, Recomendo (cool tools to help you do stuff better), Two Bossy Dames (media reviews and recommendations, done with wit and a lot of GIFs), and Cartoon Hearts (writing about love stories, in all their forms). I’ve also been subscribing to The Writer’s Almanac for years and years, and I mostly enjoy the poems I get in my inbox every day. (Mostly. They can’t all be winners.) If you subscribe to some good ones, let me know in the comments!
  • I don’t know how y’all feel about beans, but this looks so good. Smitten Kitchen’s never done me wrong.
  • New jam for the week: Gregory Porter, “1960 What”

Y’all have a good weekend!

right now (september 2017)

Making: Back to working on the blanket.

Cooking: Literally as I write this, I have some chicken thighs in the oven.

Drinking: Cherry Diet Coke.

Reading: Just started The Emperor of All Maladies and Just Mercy. Both are very good so far.

Trawling: For a movie to go watch in a theater at some point this weekend.

Wanting: The weather to cool down already, dang it.

Looking: At the state of my apartment–I need to tidy up a bit.

Deciding: Between two dresses to wear to my friend’s wedding on Saturday.

Listening: The podcast The Hilarious World of Depression–this episode is an interview with Wil Wheaton.

Buying: Uhhh, groceries and gas, mostly. I’m very boring.

Watching: Doctor Who!

Marveling: Seriously, those books I started are so good.

(Okay, I started this last night; going to finish it now.)

Cringing: Eesh, my nail polish is chipped.

Needing: ^ To redo my nail polish, obviously.

Questioning: Future life choices. (Yes, I’m being vague on purpose.)

Smelling: Now? Coffee.

Wearing: A dress, a cardigan, and black flats. All I need to do is put my hair up in a bun…

Noticing: Oof, I forgot to eat lunch and my stomach is now reminding me of the fact.

saturday session (9/23/17)

Morning, gang. If you’re reading this the morning it posts, I’m at work doing a craft for our Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Hispanic Heritage Month started on the 15th and runs until October 15, and I say that you should go learn about Latin American contributions to American policy and culture. It feels especially potent this year, with the DACA repeal especially affecting people from Central and South America, and with folks in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic suffering from the effects of natural disasters.

Anyway. The week’s been all right. Here are some links.

  • One of the side effects of visiting a bunch of churches is that you get to learn new songs. Last Sunday we sang a great song called Empty Me Out and it’s my new jam.
  • If you want to help out libraries post-Harvey, may I humbly suggest going here and here.
  • And Floridians and Caribbean neighbors, we see you, too, especially with Maria coming right on the tail of Irma. If you want to give, Consumer Reports has a good list of places to do so.
  • So apparently octopuses are building octopus neighborhoods?
  • I’ve just discovered tahini and its deliciousness earlier this year, and I like caramel, and I love apples, so this sounds really delicious. I think caramel apples are kind of a pain in the butt to eat, though, so maybe put that tahini caramel as a dip on the side of some cut up apples? That sounds better.
  • I am decidedly pro-Wes Anderson, and if y’all haven’t seen the trailer for his new movie, it looks great. There’s a giant cast of great actors, and it takes place in Japan, and it’s about dogs, and I can’t wait to watch it.
  • I also really want to see Murder on the Orient ExpressI haven’t read the source material (soon to remedy that, though), but the trailer looks great.
  • Probably only funny if you’re a theatre person, but: Honest Theatre Awards.

stuff i want to get done this fall.

Make two wreaths for my door, one for Christmas and one for the rest of the time.

Finish ten books before Advent starts.

Try six coffee places I’ve never been to before.

Try six restaurants that I’ve never been to before. (9/24 – CC’s Cafe in Tomball; 10/8 – Conservatory)

Check out Blue Willow Bookstore, Murder by the Book, River Oaks Bookstore, and Kaboom Books.

Catch up on Doctor Who and Stranger Things.

saturday session (9/16/17)

Hi, everybody. It’s Saturday. I’m getting over a sinus-and-chest congestion something (I blame all the post-Harvey crap in the air) and the steroid I got put on is making me feel a little crazy. But life continues to be mysterious and grand. I’ve had multiple lovely conversations with friends this week, and my prayer life is somehow opening up, and God is good.

On to the links!

  • A handful of H-E-B employees rode out Harvey together at their store.
  • Holy smokes, this is gorgeous. I’ve had the chorus stuck in my head for the past couple of days. (Also, who else is excited that Prairie Home Companion is starting back up in a couple of weeks?)
  • Something something millennials and avocados. Whatever, this is cute.
  • Jim Carrey recently made a short film about art and Christ and Pop Culture posted an excellent article about it.
  • Wendy Alsup wrote an excellent article for Christianity Today about women’s head coverings, Old Testament captives of war, and protecting the dignity of women.
  • The church I visited last week opened their service with this song and I’ve had the chorus to this one stuck in my head all week, too.
  • And I’ve been praying the Lord’s Prayer differently after hearing this sermon that ties it to the Two Great Commandments (love God and love your neighbor).

Have an excellent rest of your weekend. Love y’all.

Christ, My Only Lasting Comfort

(music to come once I figure out a tune)

Christ, my only lasting comfort
Christ, the refuge from the storm
Save from wrath and sin and danger
Bring this wanderer safely home
Pleasures fade and sorrows linger
Life with trials hard may press
Thou the only true joy-bringer
Thou alone can give me rest

Earthly treasures break and crumble
Rust and moth and thief will steal
Still my stubborn heart would grumble
To my idols would appeal
None but Jesus satisfies me
None but Thee could fill my soul
Thou art able, Thou art willing
Come, Lord Jesus, make me whole

May I know Thee in Thy dying
May I know Thee in Thy life
So to lose my selfish striving
So to win Thee, greatest prize
May I fix on Thee my vision
May toward heaven my heart be aimed
Thou art better than all riches
Thou art fairer than all gain