Creative Sabbatical

I always have so many ideas flitting round my mind and various artistic projects on the go that there are times that I feel I might burst with the frustration of not having enough time in the day to do them all. I realised I was in danger of creative burn out...Creative Sabbatical ...more

Searching for the Sabbath

"Mom - when are we going to have time to do nothing?" My eight-year old son Andrew recently asked this question after we'd been going non-stop for the past 48 hours. Andrew, who loves to read, play Legos, and just goof off with his siblings, was suffering from down-time withdrawal....more
As my children's teacher would say, " Boredom is the wellspring of creativity". One ...more

A Wilderness Sabbath: Towards Motherhood

I changed jobs recently.My family and I moved to the mid-west in April of 2011. My husband, Andy, who is also a clergyperson, responded to God’s call to serve the First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington as their head of staff. I was an associate pastor for youth and children at Presbyterian churches for more than 7 years, and found myself serving a much smaller parish. There are two members – my twin babies....more

Not Jewish? What We All Can Learn from Shabbat

Shabbat in Hebrew or the Sabbath in English is the seventh day of the Jewish week and a day of rest in Judaism. Shabbat is observed from sunset on Friday night until Saturday night. It is a festive day free of labors of everyday life and is a time to contemplate the spiritual aspects of life and spend time with family. Many activities are prohibited on Shabbat according to halakha (Jewish law). They are mostly activities that are creative or that exercise control over one's environment....more