All posts by Cate MacDonald

One Thing

Sitting in class with Dr. Coe was always different. Different from other teachers, different from the same class last week, different from anything we’d done before. And yet there’s one day that stands out in my mind more than others,...

/ March 12, 2012

Made in the USA

A few weeks ago I watched this testimony given by Mike Rowe in front of the Senate. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. If you haven’t already seen it, watch now. It’s only 6 minutes long and well worth...

/ February 6, 2012

On Treasures

I hate my ipod. It’s slow and quirky. It’s storage capacity is embarrassingly low by today’s standards, and so it is constantly making me decide what I may feel like listening to in the near future. Will I want audio...

/ January 9, 2012

New Year, New You, If Only: Reflections On Old Resolutions

Does anyone actually believe in the power of New Year’s resolutions? Sometimes I think they are simply a reminder of how much we desire change, and, given our propensity for resolving the same thing over and over, how terribly bad...

/ January 2, 2012

Joel Osteen and Reality TV

On November 29th, TMZ reported that “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett will be teaming with Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest church, for a primetime network show in 2012. Burnett told TMZ, “The premise of the show is that ordinary people will...

/ December 27, 2011

No White Flags

There are times in my life when retreat seems the best option. I don’t mean peaceful, quiet, necessary spiritual retreat, but the retreat of the defeated army, slinking away from battle. As a particularly relational person with good friends and an intimate...

/ December 15, 2011

The Chaos Curve: Writers’ Block and the Ever-Writing Woman

I’m beginning to realize that the writers’ block I struggle with comes, not from a lack of ideas, but from being absolutely tired of my own output. Modern life, or at least my modern life, seems to require a constant...

/ November 29, 2011

To Laugh at Death

Yesterday I had the misfortune of having to go shopping for costume elements, which included looking for rubber snakes. Side note: Kids these days just don’t seem to be interested in snakes. Dinosaurs are still doing a roaring trade, but...

/ October 28, 2011

The Chaos Curve: Part I

A meditation originally written for The Twenty Pieces Project I’ve noticed that I tend to self-reform in waves, waves usually started by an awareness of overwhelming chaos that grows gradually over time (or comes on suddenly, if Facebook gets involved....

/ September 23, 2011

One Book for College

Matt asked a few of us here at Mere-O to write a post on the one book everyone should read in college. Over the next couple of days some of the other writers will have their say, but today is...

/ September 8, 2011