vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07
Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves. Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing. Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality? To peace of mind? On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.
When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?
On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.
A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.
Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.
Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.
Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.
On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.
What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?
Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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