Happy birthday, America! I hope all you American readers out there have a fun 4th of July—be safe, eat lots, play outside, and enjoy the day! — featured illustration by 霜葉 (reprinted w/permission)
Happy Easter, readers! What are your plans for Easter? I’m going to go to church with family and will celebrate there. We also had family devotional time on Friday and will do so again today, to think about and commemorate this time, and had a nice meal yesterday. But then on Monday…on Monday, I’ll go… Read More Happy Easter!
A question that’s often asked is, “Why is Good Friday good?” From an irreligious perspective, it’s a day commemorating the execution of a peaceful, innocent man by a domineering, colonizing empire. From a Christian perspective, it’s the day that our savior died. So what exactly, then, makes it good? I think we can find the… Read More Holy Week: The Love of Chise, the Goodness of God
Chise and Joseph have their final showdown in episode 24, and while they battle by magical means, their war of words is even more compelling. As they struggle, Joseph seeks to hurt Chise psychologically, as he had done earlier during the transfer process, and maybe also to lay blame for his situation. Cursed not only… Read More Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part II
During the week leading up to Easter, I often think upon the love Christ showed us through the cross, the one that models how we are supposed to love others, but giving generously, sacrificially, graciously is so hard to do. We see such love from our parents, though imperfectly, and for some, not often enough.… Read More Holy Week: The Grace Chase of Joseph and Cartaphilus, Part I
Valentine’s Day isn’t a happy holiday for everyone. In fact, it can be downright depressing. To avoid the misery, some run away from the love stuff on February 14th (out of sight, out of mind), but for me, even when I was a lonely single, I still always embraced the day as I drowned in… Read More Five Anime Couples to Warm Your Heart on Valentine’s Day
My family was watching A Christmas Carol the other night (the one starring Jim Carrey) and I was struck by how Scrooge pledged–and then kept–a promise to keep the spirit of Christmas all year round. I absolutely loved that idea. How I long to be Christmas to others at all times of the year and… Read More Being Tomoyo All Year Round