Tag: spirituality

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Lent 2018 officially ends with Maundy Thursday, when we remember Jesus’s last meal with his friends.   You may remember that I pledged to keep “Tech Shabbats,” this Lent, a 24-hour periodin which I’d put away my smartphone. Guess how that went? It’s hard to 

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The February after Fred and I started dating in December 2008, I told him I was preparing for Lent. “Lint?” He asked. “Lent.” I said. “Lint? Like pocket lint?” I laughed. “Sort of … but L-E-N-T.” Lent and lint? They actually do have something in 

Why Winter is Hard—and How Sabbath Can Help

Why Winter is Hard—and How Sabbath Can Help

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a cruise ship, recovering from North Carolina’s record-breaking snow. It’s a much-needed reprieve from only a month’s worth of winter, one that even a balmy 60-degree weekend couldn’t melt in the shadowy places. As much as 

Even a Former Facebook Executive Thinks You Need a Social Media Fast

Even a Former Facebook Executive Thinks You Need a Social Media Fast

On Monday, The Washington Post published a piece quoting former Facebook VP, Chamath Palihapitiya, on the “tremendous guilt” he feels over his participation in the way social media has dissolved “the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.” “Social media is 

Chocolate and Contemplative Coloring: Your Guide to a Slow Christmas Season

Chocolate and Contemplative Coloring: Your Guide to a Slow Christmas Season

Mary Anglberger was my favorite babysitter. She kept me while my mother worked weekends as a Duke University Hospital psychiatric nurse. I must have been in third grade when Mary gifted me with the glory that is the chocolate Advent calendar. Amid numbered paper doors, 

Three Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

Three Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

[This is part of an article written as a post for Steve Austin’s Grace is Messy blog. Click the link below to read the entire article on his site.] I am a fledgling sabbath-keeper. Though I’ve written a book about it, embraced my 52 chances