A new name
and a new direction.
I want to be the person who builds the machine, turns the on switch and it runs perfectly. I’ve plotted and planned more laundry routines, ideal weeks, healthy menus, and editorial calendars than I care to count. But when I’ve gone to turn the machines “on,” they’ve worked for a minute, then spluttered and sparked before shutting down spectacularly.
After a good decade, I’ve learned my lesson and I’ve stopped building machines. Instead, I begin where I am with what I have available, making one small change, cultivating one small habit at a time to take me where I want to go.
That’s a long way of saying, this newsletter is heading a new direction. I wanted a big unveiling with all the plans and hopes I have for the space.
Instead, I’m just sharing the new name today.
This newsletter is now Martha’s Kitchen Society. It’s going to be reports from a real life home cooks (ahem, namely me for now) about what keeps their kitchens running. It’s a place for ruminations on cooking, eating, hospitality and theology with the occasional recipe. I’m also going to be sharing what it looks like to keep company with Jesus while taking up the good burden of cooking and caring for others from the kitchen.
The newsletter name pays homage to Martha of Bethany. Growing up in the 90s and 00s evangelicalism, my knowledge of this disciple of Jesus was glaringly thin and simplistic. The past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time with her narratives recorded in John and Luke, studying them, looking at their context and meditating on them. She’s become an unexpected, yet needed companion in my life, particularly in my kitchen.
Book-ish content is certainly not going away completely, but it will take a back burner (see what I did there?) to cooking and hospitality adjacent content.
I’ve written on and off about my kitchen/cooking life before (here and here are a few of my “professional” favorites) and I can’t really say how excited I am to make that the focus of this space; but this change and growth will be slow and steady.
That said, if you have ideas, things you’d like to hear about on the kitchen front, etc. please drop me a comment below or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).