“You say you want a revolution; you better free your mind instead,” said John Lennon back in the 60s. I never realized how prophetic that lyric was until our recent upheaval about racial discrimination. For whatever reason, it is hard for some white people around my age to see their own complicity in systemic racism.… Read More
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Faith and Grace are sisters with very different personalities. Faith likes to do things; Grace likes to appreciate things. In spite of differing attitudes to life, they love each other 100%. In Say Their Prayers, the sisters disagree about how to say bedtime prayers, but their love of God and each other wins in the end.First in a series, charmingly illustrated by Thomas Bomortino, Faith and Grace Say Their Prayers makes a perfect bedtime book for children learning about God.
This week, the level of vitriol online has escalated. Friends who are usually respectful and civil have begun calling names and building barriers between US and THEM. Anxiety over the change and uncertainty of our virus-ridden life has worn our equanimity thin. What I hold dear is now more important than what you hold dear.… Read More
In Psalm 116 the phrase “sacrifice of thanksgiving” appears. Historically, it’s pretty clear that God has been moving humanity away from blood sacrifice of children and animals toward cleaner forms of propitiation. God suggests that simple gratitude for all God’s gifts will suffice. But the phrase “sacrifice of thanksgiving” still puzzles me. How is saying… Read More
Blogger Pamella Bowen reminds you that you can return items you don’t need. Read More
Writer and tidier Pamella Bowen urges you to donate your stuff. Read More
Author Pamella Bowen reflects on human arrogance Read More
Poet Pamella Bowen reflects on a lazy retreat she took. Read More
“My life is like a lemon drop. I’m suckin’ on the bitter to get to the sweet part”—these lyrics from the Pistol Annies’ song “Lemon Drop” have always resonated with me. Cute and humorous on the surface, they hold a deeper truth. Their simplest message is a certain optimism contained in lines like “I know… Read More
Pamella Bowen reflects on the slowness of progress Read More
A year ago, if you had asked me how long the earth would take to regenerate in the absence of human activity, I would have said ten years. Now after just a few (albeit long and tedious) weeks, my opinion has changed. A few weeks after Italy went under Covid-19 lockdown, the water in Venice’s… Read More