Legitimate

I’m doing some genealogical research about my birth family and I found my maternal grandmother’s birth certificate application that her parents filled out when she was born in 1899. The seventh question asked about her was this: “Legitimate or Illegitimate” I can’t quite fully describe how offended I am by that question. When I read…

Tell Tale Hearts

Radiolab is one of my favorite shows on public radio right now. I was listening to one of their podcasted episodes the other day while out hiking and it about stopped me in my tracks. The episode is called Tell-Tale Hearts. And the Oliver Sachs interview is as good as all of his interviews are.…

Brave New Mother’s Day

I’ve blogged about my conflicted relationship with Mother’s Day before. Each year I implore my clergy colleagues to stop celebrating Mother’s Day in worship. It is a Hallmark holiday, not a liturgical one. And Mother’s Day is a painful day for many people already. Let’s not make it worse. Anyway. I digress. This Mother’s Day,…

My First St Patrick’s Day

I’ve never paid much attention to St Patrick’s Day before. My family is Scottish and Norwegian, primarily. It wasn’t our day.  Then I discovered my birth father was of Irish descent. His last name was McCourt.  So this is my first St. Patrick’s Day. I will be spending it in Chicago, where I am…

Reluctant Pen Pal

I haven’t written about my birth family discoveries lately. Partly because the Christmas season is a bit busy in my profession. Also because there hasn’t been much news. I’m totally fine with this being a slow process. I’m still in touch with my family members on my birth father’s side, and I was able to…

Comfortable

Take a moment and watch this video. I absolutely love it. My STAR word this year has been pleasure. And I thought of my word when I watched the above video. For me, this year, pleasure has seemed to locate itself in my embodied existence. I tend to take being embodied for granted. I don’t…