All posts by Cate MacDonald

On False Simplicity

The following is a meditation written for The Twenty Pieces Project.  Julie Barrios and I founded The Twenty Pieces Project as a way to challenge ourselves and our readers in the art of dressing simply and owning less. You can find out more here....

/ September 1, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens and Entertainment

Saturday I went to the movies with my family. When I discovered that the plan was to go see Cowboys and Aliens, I was, um, hesitant. All I knew of the film was from the poster I’d seen on the...

/ August 25, 2011

On Literature

A few years ago I was on an extended solitude retreat on an island off the coast of Washington. With no books, television, music or other people to distract me, I spent the better part of three weeks praying and,...

/ August 16, 2011

Waking in the Dark Wood

Midway this way of life we’re bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, Where the right way was wholly lost and gone. Canto 1:1-3, Inferno Now, this is an interesting way to start a story. From...

/ August 11, 2011

On Forgiving when you can’t Forget (Part II of II)

Part I here For most of my life, I have thought of forgiveness as a kind of restart button, an offering of a blank slate and a new beginning. An essential tenet of our faith is the fact that God forgives...

/ July 28, 2011

On Forgiving when you can’t Forget (Part I of II)

Four years and two weeks ago, my little world was torn in half. A secret was revealed that changed my life for good, and caused me to question what I thought I knew about friendship, love, and human nature. This...

/ July 21, 2011

Harry Potter and the Age Old Story

Tonight is the opening night of the final installment of the Harry Potter movies. I have lots of feelings about this. A little over a year ago I was still refusing to read those little children’s books about a boy named Harry...

/ July 14, 2011

Casey Anthony and the American Justice System

(two posts in a ROW! Matt’s going to die of shock) I was a bit too young to remember much about the O.J. Simpson murder trial, though my one memory of it was my mom swearing at the television when...

/ July 8, 2011

The only thing worse than hope is having no hope at all.

Thursday night (or I guess I should say Friday morning) my cat woke me up at 3:27am. This is, sadly, not that uncommon, as he’s a very opinionated fellow who often wakes up in the early early morning and decides...

/ July 7, 2011

Christian Influence Fail: Rob Bell and Time Magazine

I never really cared about Rob Bell. I’ve never read his books but I like his nice videos. They seem like they might be attractive to people, maybe help influence doubters or seekers to examine Christianity a little more closely....

/ May 30, 2011