In some ways, it’s been too fast (vacations speed by) and in some ways too slow (the heat does not speed at all), but it ~ Summer ~ is not over yet.  And we are walking and remembering and unwinding and caretaking and assessing.

I’ve done what Michelle Francl of Quantum Theology notes is wise, and taken many naps to deal with the heat,  but she’s at the Vatican working on science, and so she’s taking walks.

In Gifts in Open Hands, Maren Tirabassi prays through a poem, remembering Hiroshima.

Beth Richardson is unwinding in Colorado, and reminding us in Seeds of Hope of what it means to untangle from complicated daily life.

Praying to St. Joe and finding much in common with him in her caretaking of children not her own, Alicia Grumley reflects on her work and its challenges in Messy Jesus Business.

And finally, if you want to use some of your waning days of summer to figure yourself out, Laura Stephens-Reed is posting informatively about a variety of assessment tools.

I’m off to see which 72 words describe me!  but before I do, let me remind you! to check out our blogroll and let us know in the comments if you’ve written something you’d like to highlight.



The Rev. Mary Robin Craig is a Presbyterian pastor in Independence OH, a spiritual director, and a contributor to There’s a Woman the Pulpit.  She blogs at


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