Posts written by ThePerennialGen

by Debby Hudson Ten years ago, our firstborn daughter snuggled her newborn into that warm crook between her shoulder and neck, tilting her head toward the baby’s crown. She gently patted her daughter’s back and whispered, “One day we’ll be best friends but for now I’m your mama.” This wise, grown woman was now bending […]

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By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

by Zack Williamson The radiant spring morning beautifully illuminated the world, yet my three-year-old daughter stood unusually still. It was a delightful day to say the least, and my wife Alethea and I had walked out on our back porch to savor the sun. We lived in a pleasant neighborhood (contrary to the opinion of many), and for a young family […]

by Dena Dyer After a commenter on Rachel Farnsworth’s Stay at Home Chef food blog told the chef she should dye her hair because her grey strands made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel filmed a video response. Rachel says, “Growing older is not something to be ashamed of. It’s not something we should […]

By Dorothy Greco Last year when my doctor diagnosed me with a mild form of Hashimoto’s disease, she gave me two options: go on synthetic thyroid meds for the rest of my life or try the autoimmune paleo diet—a specialized version of the paleo diet.* Because I always experience side effects from whatever pharmaceutical I […]

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By Michele Morin Proverbs 16:31; Jude 12; Exodus 13:21,22 I can just barely admit this, but I have finally hauled all the cassette tapes–John Michael Talbot, Carole King, Billy Joel–out from under my bed. And I’m going to throw them away. Letting go of this one thing may not free my hands to grab hold […]

By Kim Post Watson What a great title! What a big fat lie! Here I am, developing tools for processing the midlife journey in faith communities, and feeling pretty excited after writing a blog post for The Perennial Gen, yet when I saw the topic of health for October, I just skipped on by. Health […]

By Debbie Baumgartner Last week, I was making a banner for a wedding, and I was stringing it with some beautiful–albeit fragile–yarn. Part way through the process, this beautiful fragile yarn snapped, so I made a knot and continued. I wove the yarn in and out of the holes at the top of each paper […]

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled… Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much! My friend and I were talking yesterday–and […]

By Dr. Aaron New As a person of faith, it has been interesting to study the history of my field, psychology and counseling.  For most of the twentieth century, people in this area of study have been hostile towards religion and spiritual faith. Many early psychiatrists and psychologists believed that religion was a cause of mental […]