I have depth. I have a voice. I have a sense of self, and it helps ground me. I am not unique. Not in that way. (I mean, I AM unique, but we’ll save that quirky bit for a lighter post.) Women, we are smart. And beautiful. And worthy. Worthy of love. Worthy of listeners. Worthy of respect. Worthy of gravity and reason and recognition. … Continue reading Strong Enough
People of Yorkville Series Penee with Penny Moss Me: How long have you been in business? PM: 17 years. I’ve been in this location (26 North Congress) a little over a year. I started out at 17 North Congress and I was there five or six years and then that building sold, so I had to move. I was going to build onto my house, … Continue reading Penee with Penny Moss
One Word. Love. Determined. Determination. Courage. Trust. Believe. Relentless. Dominate. Growth. Empowerment. Empowered. Faith. Feminine. Focus. Strength. Yes. I must admit, in a culture of more, having a way to focus the entire year seems smart. What a marvelous solution to the overwhelming push of excess in our lives, living into just one word, c’est la vie to all other words. I drove around for at … Continue reading One Word
I’m good at teaching, a gift I’ve confidently used for more than half my life. I’ve taught third grade, sixth grade, special education, preschool, homeschool, private school, music lessons… I can teach. But playing teacher and being an actual student aren’t necessarily so familiar as merely different sides of a coin. I hadn’t taken a test without an answer key in twenty years, and the … Continue reading Going Home.
Went to church this morning. Honestly, the whole family barely made it, since at 9:25 am we all of us Hatches sat about the living room, tired and in pajamas, wondering if our presence could be excused this week. 35 minutes til 10 am start time, 20 minute drive….you do the math… But our church, Allison Creek Presbyterian, decided awhile back to join forces with … Continue reading Amen, y’all
***Twelfth Night – January 5th on the Christian calendar, the mark to an end of Christmas and the start of the season of Epiphany*** ***A Beefeater*** Growing up, each and every Twelfth Night demanded The Boar’s Head Festival, a celebration of merriment, complete with carolers and beefeaters and a boar’s head mounted on a plaque and a yule log and dancers and hand bells and … Continue reading Making Room for Resurrection
When we moved to York, we searched for a church on the internet. Certain needs dictated the types of churches we’d consider attending, with one main issue being the time of service. We found Allison Creek. Now, Allison Creek sits up high on this hill that’s been there for centuries. Roads have formed and neighbors have popped up in homes and communities around the hill, … Continue reading The Church with Bluegrass