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“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” – JRR Tolkien

 

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

We've made it through the darkness. We've maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We're ready to celebrate. Tolkien's tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where good comes out on top in...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien's works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional Advent...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...

Samhain + Celtic Christianity

A few years ago, I discovered Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization and was utterly fascinated. A longtime Anglophile, the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland weigh heavy in my heart and my imagination. I was able to travel to Scotland...

The Importance of Rhythms + Routines

My personality type - INFJ, Eneagram 4 - is apparently the type that both needs routine the most and finds it the hardest to establish them. And although that is, I'm sure, somewhat due to my personality itself, I can't help but think that it's in part due to the...

Quick Yoga Videos for Busy, Christian Educators

I love yoga. As a Christian, I've historically had a difficult relationship with whether or not the practice is actually "okay" for a Christian. Is it evil? Demonic? The catalyst for me was discovering some form of Christian yoga - I don't remember what it was. I just...

Fall Reads 2019

Fall is so close! I can feel it coming in the air and see it trying to hold on in the morning sky. With a new season comes a new selection of books. Read on to see what I'll be reading alongside my cups of tea this fall. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman Emily...

Bewitched by Temptation | The Wind in the Willows

The Water Rat has, throughout the entirety of The Wind in the Willows, has proven himself to be quite the adventurer: but only within set parameters. His curiosity only drives him so far and he would much rather abide by the boundaries of his world. A mere handful...