The Occasional Shippment

Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.

Holiday Traffic: Sitting, Waiting, Praying

It was the evening of December 24, 2011, and my husband and I were driving from Atlanta, GA to Birmingham, AL to see my family for Christmas. We left later … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Advent, Consumerism and Angels

If you’ve spent any time in an Episcopal church (and likely a Lutheran, Catholic or other Protestant or Anglican church), you likely know that this season in the church calendar … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Make that Special Scarf (Nine Down; Three to Go!)

Less than two months left in 2012, and I still have a few things left to knock off my list of 12 Things in 2012. Luckily, November did bring me … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I knew it–at least, I should have known it. I should have known that the second I committed (in writing) to posting on a certain schedule, I would immediately fall … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 6 Comments

Learn Italian (Eight Down; Four to Go!)

October is almost here, and there’s still plenty to do on my list of 12 Things in 2012. The idea for this list came out of a need for me … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Focusing on Prayer

There are times where I am so deep into a prayer that I can’t help but smile and let out a giggle from the pure joy of the experience. And … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Better Off

The question has been posed, and the gauntlet has been thrown down.  Are we better off today than we were four years ago? In thinking about this question, I wanted … Continue reading

September 16, 2012 · Leave a comment


I’m a big believer in Aristotle’s assertion that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” With that, I spend a lot of time thinking about where I am in life, … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Love Louder than they Hate

A friend recently shared an article online that caught my attention. It was titled, “Does religion turn people into haters?” and it examined some recent research on that very question. … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tale of the Twist-Tie Cross

As I was packing for a recent trip, I found a necklace in my jewelry box that I had long since forgotten about. Tucked in the corner of the bottom … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Copping out of Evangelism

Uh oh – I used the “E” word. Before you all shudder and run screaming from this post, hear me out. I had an interesting thought today as the quote, … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Not Growing Up in Church

This post started out differently. I was planning to write a rather provocative post entitled “10 Reasons I’m Glad I Didn’t Grow Up in Church.” But as I stared at … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Enter Photography Contest (Seven Down; Five to Go!)

I’m officially more than half way through my list of “12 Things in 2012”! That’s a good thing, too, since there are only five months left in the year. I’m … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stop the Snark (please)

I must admit: I am weary. But it’s not the chances and changes of this life that get me there. It’s scrolling through the comments on articles online–and yes, scrolling through … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Substance of Things Hoped For (Higgs and Faith)

So here’s something that I don’t quite get: for the last 50 years, scientists have “believed” that the Higgs boson particle exists. The Standard Model of physics doesn’t make sense … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Love the One in Front of You

Traveling is an amazing endeavor that I have been fortunate enough to indulge in quite a bit lately. As amazing as it can be, though, there is certainly an element … Continue reading

June 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Go to Italy (Six Down; Six to Go!)

There are several metaphors for what my list of “12 Things in 2012” means to me. All of them come down to the fact that I set out a long … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

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