brown sugar cookies.

one of my students came into my office after she heard about the CT shooting that happened yesterday. she said,”i don’t know how i can believe in god when things like this happen.”

over the course, we’ve had multiple conversations about religion and spirituality. she’s still putting words to what wakes her up in the morning and how to explain that something larger than us exists in moments like yesterday’s mass shooting.

i remember when i found words to put to my faith. i read sharon salzberg’s book, faith.

i told my student that one reason these things happen is to remind us not to take our lives and experiences for granted. i told her that right now, it’s finals time. everyone’s stressed out and wishing they didn’t have finals. but, there are people in our world who don’t have this opportunity to experience higher education and take finals. i said that higher education is a privilege we all take for granted, because we’re busy complaining or thinking about the next thing. those who died yesterday won’t be able to see or experience the next thing they may have been thinking about.

silence sat in my office.

“that makes sense,” she replied.

brown sugar cookies
printable recipe – slightly adapted from epicurious

yield about 3 dozen

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat butter and sugar together until well-incorporated. add egg and beat. add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.  refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

preheat oven to 350. spoon tablespoons onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. place on cooling rack to cool completely.


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