Hope

Hope

As we count the days until Christmas, we all hold hope for what this season will bring. But hope can so easily become expectation. And expectation often leads to disappointment. Because we have a specific idea for how we want our hope to be fulfilled. So the question...
Unexpected Gifts

Unexpected Gifts

On Saturday at 7 am, we were abruptly evacuated. The Thomas fire took a windy turn, and as it came careening down the hills of Santa Barbara, 12,000 people were told to pack up and get out. It’s one of those scenes you rehearse (but never totally prepare for) in your...
When the stars line up

When the stars line up

You’ve probably had moments when you’ve experienced it. Maybe even said it. But curiously the origin of the phrase “When the stars line up” is nowhere to be found. (At least not on Google.) “When the stars line up” is a phrase we...