by Dr. Gail Bones Teaching the Book of Ruth has allowed me to spend delicious hours reading and studying and cross-referencing and pouring myself yet another cup of coffee. I’m tuning into tiny details, but also mindful of the bigger picture, looking for underlying structure and overarching themes. Stacked around me are lexicons and systematic […]

We know websites are never “done”, but we’ve held off on saying we’re officially launching this site as we’ve tweaked this `n that. While we’ve been in the internet engine room trying to make sense of the tech stuff, we’ve had lots of visitors and received some amazing posts we’ve been honored to share. Someone […]

by Judy Allen This is what contents of a college dorm room look like when unloaded from a van at 11:00 pm after eight hours of  driving. Actually, I’ve seen worse.  Much worse. All the stuff of a year at school must now be re-assimilated into our home for the summer only to be loaded up […]

If ever there was a question that fit our Perennial Gen July/August theme of the empty nest, it’s the title of Brenda Poinsett’s book, What Will I Do With The Rest Of My Life? The subtitle hints at the answer: A Woman’s Guide To Discovering Peace, Power, and Purpose After 40.  Though the empty nest […]

by Wendy Fotopoulos  After 21 years of active duty mom-ing, in three months, when my younger daughter heads to college, I will move to reserve duty. I’ve spent years training, moving up the ranks. I’ve surveilled, gathered foreign intelligence, and seen my fair share of action. I’ve won and lost battles. I’ve made plenty of […]

When I was in sixth grade, a teacher divided the three or four classes by gender. One of the teachers came into the girls’ room and gave us a talk about our changing bodies and a sample box of mattress-sized Kotex sanitary napkins. It wasn’t quite the rite of passage at which other cultures seem […]

There is a poignancy in the process of preparing to launch a young adult child into the great blue – to college, into a first apartment, or to begin military service. The questions bubble: Have I prepared him well? Is she ready? Am I? (The answer to the final one is almost always “no”, by […]

By Keri Wyatt Kent “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on […]


June was an incredible month here at The Perennial Gen! Thank you to everyone who read, commented on, and shared the posts submitted by our generous guest writers. Friendship turned out to be the perfect topic for our themed submissions as we watched the growing response to this new site and social media community. Here’s […]

by Beth Drechsel    My husband says, “You’ll only meet so many people in life. You might as well be friends with as many who will let you.”  Frankly, it amazes me how many people have let me! Some are kindred spirits, others have taken a bit more effort. Some I wouldn’t have chosen at all, […]