How to write a personal manifesto and why it matters now.

How to write a personal manifesto and why it matters now.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” You’ve probably seen that line, from the wonderful poem by Mary Oliver, pop up on your Instagram or Facebook feed from time to time. If you Google it you will find literally thousands of memes. It’s a great line.... Read more »

Dear lovely, well-meaning white people... A letter from President Obama.

Dear lovely, well-meaning white people... A letter from President Obama.
(Editor’s note: As President Obama was writing a letter to the incoming president, he may have had a few other letters he started writing – you know, the kind you write but don’t actually plan to send. This one may have been found crumpled up in a waste basket next to his desk. Or it... Read more »

What can we do to make it through 2017? The small good things.

What can we do to make it through 2017? The small good things.
We’re less than two weeks into 2017, and I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. With everything. Of course, with the state of the world. From the refugee crisis to the horrible violence and killing that seem to take place on a daily basis – just Sunday in Baghdad, almost 20 people were killed in suicide bombings. 20... Read more »
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How to bring in the New Year with truth and hope. Alcohol optional.

How to bring in the New Year with truth and hope. Alcohol optional.
It’s been a hell of a year. Lots of people are saying that today on social media. For many of us, it’s been a year of anger and tears and broken dreams and too much violence, too much hate. Overflowing with questions. Questions like “Why?” “What are we gonna do about this?” And to get... Read more »

The absurdity of Christmas - a devotional-ish kind of thingie

The absurdity of Christmas - a devotional-ish kind of thingie
Yesterday was the official end of Advent 2016, during which my friend Rachel and I have been blogging daily, using the suggested texts from the Revised Common Lectionary as a way to look more closely at the stories going on in our own lives and in our world. So for the last 28 days we’ve... Read more »

Become Light: Advent Devotional Day 28

Become Light: Advent Devotional Day 28
Four weeks ago, my friend Rachel (who usually blogs at Teacher Reader Mom) and I decided to take turns and write a devotional-ish-kind-of-thingie every day for the 28 days before Christmas, the time known as Advent on the Christian liturgical calendar. Both of us were wandering around post-election, fighting anger and despair and fear, and... Read more »
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What I sort of want for Christmas : Advent Devotional Day 27

What I sort of want for Christmas : Advent Devotional Day 27
Here in the final couple days of the blogging challenge my friend Rachel and I took on for Advent, I looked at the suggested texts for the day and found myself staring again at Mary’s song, the Magnificat. Crap, I thought, I already wrote about this passage a couple weeks ago. In fact, Rachel and... Read more »

How I found gratitude at Target: Advent Devotional Day 26

How I found gratitude at Target: Advent Devotional Day 26
My guest blogger Rachel (who blogs at Teacher Reader Mom) and I having been writing a devotional-ish-kind-of-thingie every day during Advent, the 28 days before Christmas. And we are at Day 26 of this blogging binge where every day we’ve looked at the suggested texts from the Revised Common Lectionary and tried to make sense... Read more »

Beget This: Advent Devotional Day 25

Beget This: Advent Devotional Day 25
Lenora here, on this, day 25, of Advent, as my friend and fellow blogger, Rachel and I blog our way to Christmas. Our lectionary readings today took me to Jesus’s genealogy. If you’ve ever read it in the King James Bible, you probably remember the word “begat” being used over and over. And over. Until... Read more »
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Hungry God: Advent Devotional Day 24

Hungry God: Advent Devotional Day 24
If you keep up with this blog at all, by now you probably know that here at Spiritual Suckitude, my friend Rachel and I have been writing a short piece every day through Advent. We are in the final stretch of our 28 day slogging and blogging to Christmas and Rachel is back with a... Read more »