Miserable

A personal reflection on New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2020. I have spent a great deal of this year being miserable. Not just because of the pandemic and isolation, though it did not help matters. But there was so much stress in the year hoping for my husband Dan to get a medical physics residency, … Continue reading Miserable

Is Father Christmas Santa Claus?

Father Christmas is not Santa Claus.  Perhaps this is something you already knew. But it was not until this year, when I was looking up the origin of Father Christmas for a study, that I discovered this. I always thought that Father Christmas was the more formal and serious British version of the American Santa … Continue reading Is Father Christmas Santa Claus?

C.S. Lewis and the Joy of Autumn

Autumn is an en-vogue season to love, so much so that it is quite popular to deride it, as well. If you love autumn, you are "basic," some say. But I think there is a deeper reason why autumn is so beloved, something beyond pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and farmhouse pumpkin decor. Something eluded to by C.S. Lewis as the feeling of "Joy," and the German Romantics as sehnsucht or "yearning."

“Waving Through A Window:” Dear Evan Hansen on Social Isolation

Dear Evan Hansen Playbill Cover Photo In May 2019, my husband and I took an anniversary trip to a city to see the National Tour of my current favorite musical, Dear Evan Hansen. Perhaps now more relevant than ever in these days of social distancing and the rise of depression and suicidal thoughts in young … Continue reading “Waving Through A Window:” Dear Evan Hansen on Social Isolation

Kindred Spirits: Corrie Ten Boom

Not only is The Hiding Place a wonderful story of courage, hope, and faith during one of the darkest times in recent history, but Corrie Ten Boom herself is a kindred spirit for me. She was a tempestuous person, yet she grew up to be a pillar of wisdom and strength. So much of what she wrote comes to back to me in times of difficulty. Many of her pearls of wisdom came from her father, Casper Ten Boom, who gently and lovingly counseled Corrie through many painful times. Through Corrie's words, I felt like he was a spiritual father to me too.