Browsing All posts tagged under »adversity«

Your Life is So Easy

May 15, 2013


Previously published in the discussion forum at Real Intent. Some years ago I was Young Women President shepherding a group of very individualistic souls. One was a gregarious young woman, whose parents were divorced and mother was earning barely above minimum wage, whose life was filled with economic distress but whose character responded by stepping […]

Public Dissent and Private Responsibility

January 24, 2013


My oldest daughter couldn’t find a building for her young mothers group to practice volleyball anywhere last night, even though we live in the land of LDS chapels within every 8-block grid. The reason: their elders quorum had the building scheduled every Thursday night until the Second Coming from 6PM-10PM. Yes, you read that right. […]

I Hope You Know

June 9, 2012


I talked to three people yesterday who are having heart-rending, soul-grinding experiences. As I hung up the phone after one of those conversations, I wondered at how common this is. I gave myself a minute to name all the people I know whose lives are being wrung out by “the tether and pang of the […]

The Bells of Hell

April 10, 2012


Nothing fires my soul like a good fight. That’s not a particularly demure or cultivated thing to say (and it’s probably quite misleading), but I figure God created me and has been busily molding so he’s okay with what he’s fashioned, and I certainly didn’t manufacture a stiff upper lip all by myself. With perfect […]

Birthing Hope

April 5, 2012


I was invited to write a special article for Holy Week at – you can see it here. For my regular readers, I am also including it here. A wave of nausea washed over me as I felt the familiar tightening again, the groan rising silently in my soul: “here it comes.” Long minutes of pressure […]

Wilderness Cleanse

March 16, 2012


Twice a year, at the change of seasons, I perform the shanka prakshalana, an ayurvedic process that strengthens holistic living. More involved than this post can tolerate explaining and with a complexity that distracts from my purpose in writing today, I will abbreviate its meaning to say that it is meant to reset our souls […]

Waiting’s Worth

February 27, 2012


I stood for nearly three hours on a little hill with 6 other women, dressed in white, under a large branch with white tissue flowers tied to it, holding little crystals on fishing line necklaces, and waiting. We stood in the twilight and then the dark, quiet and immobile, and when we received the sign […]

10 Minutes in a Hurricane

January 29, 2012


My second son loves factoids. Any time I’m still, as in fixing a meal, he reads me any that he finds interesting. He has an app for that. “Wow,” he said, then shared his newest discovery with me. “Ten minutes in a hurricane releases as much energy as would the detonation of all the world’s […]