Another Way Archive

Can a Guy Learn to Cook at 93?

November 20, 2015 Melodie Davis

On my blog and in my newspaper column back in September, I shared the cooking adventures of 12-year-old Lizzy, who cooks almost every weeknight for her family. And loves it. “Do you have something to suggest for a beginning cook—when a partner of an aged person can no longer function as cook, and the other […]

A “Rejoice!” Breakfast (or Evening Reflection)

November 13, 2015 Melodie Davis

What, you may wonder, is a Rejoice! breakfast? The discipline of noting gratitude is actually shaping their attitudes about life. That is pretty remarkable! Most days I try to begin my morning the very same way my parents did when I was growing up—reading Rejoice! devotional magazine. Or perhaps the standard Mennonite devotional guide had […]

How Do You See the Face of God?

November 6, 2015 Melodie Davis

Stefan Waligur is a Christian contemplative in the 21st century who composes, sings, and leads musical meetings or retreats with Taizé-type music and sensibility. When he starts a song, he calls out a line and the group is asked to sing it back in response, and then keeps it running and running and running—in a […]

Angels in the Outer Banks

October 30, 2015 Jodi Nisly Hertzler

Editor’s Note: Jodi Nisly Hertzler writes occasionally for Another Way and is a college counselor and tutor. Jodi and her husband have three children. Twenty years ago, I married my college sweetheart. Four days later I nearly lost him. I worried about whether he was okay but kept telling myself that he was a good swimmer and would […]

Is Your Faith Wild?

October 23, 2015 Melodie Davis

This season of the year always brings to mind one of the most frightful Halloween nights my children ever experienced. I have to confess that the idea of a “wild” or “untamed God” is a little unnerving. We traveled to New York City so I could attend a conference for syndicated columnists, and my husband […]

As the Tables Turn, Again

October 16, 2015 Melodie Davis

I realized the tables were again turning as I asked a daughter who was home for the weekend, “Have you girls started having conversations about things you worry about as your father and I get older?” That’s when it helps to remember that none of us—neither parent, grandparent, child, sibling—are perfect. We all have blind […]

The Irony of the Cross

October 9, 2015 Melodie Davis

You may recall in early August I shared the story of D. J. in Florida, who had sent handmade crocheted crosses to the Mennonite Church USA convention this past summer via her pastor. She had wanted to offer her “gift” in this way, and she frequently gives crosses in her church’s offering basket instead of money […]

When Loneliness Is Eating

October 2, 2015 Melodie Davis

Meet Bud (all names changed to protect privacy). Bud is an elderly widowed friend who lives by himself and can no longer drive. Indeed, he is almost blind, but he has various people that look in on him, officially and unofficially, and while we don’t see him nearly as often as we’d like or we […]

Would Your Children Enjoy Cooking More?

September 25, 2015 Melodie Davis

When did you start learning to cook? Did boys and girls both have the opportunity to try their hand in your family? How does she get her homework done, cook, and manage a hectic schedule during her cross-country and musical seasons? Recently I’ve been blown away by interviewing and watching a 12-year-old kitchen foodie, Lizzy. […]

The Much-Maligned Mother-in-Law

September 18, 2015 Michelle D. Sinclair

(Editor’s Note: Michelle Sinclair is the daughter of columnist Melodie Davis; she is married and works in Washington, D.C. She and her husband have a toddler son.) Three weeks of just you, your mother-in-law, and a toddler. Sound doable? Grandchildren really can be the great equalizer. There’s something connective about seeing your mother-in-law love your […]