Talk with the Preacher

Monthly Archives: April 2008

I’m surprised by my feelings, since I have years of experience dealing with this very thing. My experience, of course, comes from growing up in the same family system as my sister, Maile, who was then very popular, captain of the cheerleading squad and homecoming queen and is now gorgeous, mother of 4 children whom she homeschools, and devoted wife who makes her husband’s lunch every morning. For years I have wanted… Read More

You know, sometimes the best thing you can say is, “who cares?” One of my nagging problems is that I seem to care too much, mostly about stupid things, like whether or not my children are eating enough vegetables or, alternatively, whether everyone is happy about everything all the time. You know I have about as much control over the first issue as I do the second. I know the world needs compulsive… Read More


I gave up the dream of my children bragging about me on the playground long ago. When I decided to go to seminary I already knew what it felt like when your parent is the preacher because when I was in high school I was a friend of the pastor’s daughter.  She would beg us to please NEVER mention in public what her Dad did for a living.  Like, she cried about… Read More

I can hardly bear to write about this, preferring, I suppose, to live in the delusion that if it doesn’t appear on the blog then it’s not real.  (Please–we all have our ways of coping.) Alas, as the clock ticks toward June it’s becoming more and more real: the call of God is causing problems.   Again. I admit that I have spent a large portion of my life following this elusive thing everybody has… Read More