Underground Summer

I spent the summer underground. Not literally, but it felt like it. Have you ever had a time where you’ve felt breathlessly busy but when asked to tell what you’ve been up to, you couldn’t really say? The days rush by in a blur but at the end of them you have trouble quantifying what you’ve … More Underground Summer

The Gender Question

When I was a kid, the school playground was the most gender-segregated place in my world. The girls would make use of the swings, or gather near the building to chat, while the boys would run to the grassy field for a game of kickball or baseball. Except for the “tomboys”. These girls ran alongside … More The Gender Question

On Generosity

Today I signed up on one of those meal trains that schedules food for friends in need. It’s only early March, but this is probably the 6th time since January that I’ll be trotting a shiny disposable pan of home-cooked comfort to someone who has had a baby, or an accident, or surgery, or some … More On Generosity

Saving My Corner

I have never wanted to save the world. My friend Amy Peterson did. In her new book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, Amy tells of her time as a missionary in a country so hostile to the Christian faith that to this day she cannot reveal its location for fear of … More Saving My Corner

Numbering Our Days

Your days are numbered… While scrolling through the grab bag of rambling, rant and regurgitation that is Facebook, I came across a Bible verse that caught my eye. Perhaps it was a bit more graphically interesting than the prettied-up Scripture memes in my feed. Or maybe it sounded like it came straight from a gangster … More Numbering Our Days

Happy Birthday, Henry

Dear Henry, If you were here, you’d be churning out papers and studying for exams. I’d be making you whatever cake you wanted. You would have picked out your birthday meal – you’d have spent a lot of time on that decision because we Ollers take our food seriously – and your siblings would come … More Happy Birthday, Henry

Purposeful Trusting

Transitions kinda stink sometimes. I am not a “live by the seat of my pants” kind of person. I like routine, order, and stability. I love making lists and checking them twice (Santa & I would get along fine). As a mostly empty nester, I have a lot of freedom. We also have bills to pay, so … More Purposeful Trusting