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Month: August 2018

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

This weekend, I baked a birthday cake for our youngest. In keeping with the typical treatment of the third child, it was a week late — neither had any presents been opened. She’s only two, so she won’t fully comprehend this neglect. Before my shopping trip, I scoured my favorite cooking blog for a recipe. Unsatisfied, I asked my husband for his opinion. “Why don’t you make the Bomb?” he responded. “A Zimmovan family tradition — perfect for her birthday.”…

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Stewards & Wanderers

Stewards & Wanderers

Modern-day prophet Wendell Berry is clear: we must stay and we must love the places where we stay. No sentimentality, no cynicism, only a fierce commitment to loving a place through and through to its flourishing. Berry’s vision is so beautiful, so passionate, that I am easily swept up in it. My heart pounds and my ears ring when I read of the devastation of so many places, of our carelessness and inattention that has destroyed them. I cannot let…

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