Disability as the Last Acceptable Prejudice: A Farewell Blog Post (For Now)

In the face of entrenched prejudice and misunderstanding about disabilities and the people who live with them, we have to start somewhere. I’ve chosen to start by telling my story, with its contradictions, over and over and over. [Read more…]

The Three Worst Stories That “Me Before You” Tells About Disability

Me Before You tells three particularly damaging stories about life with a disability. [Read more…]

In Hamilton vs. Orlando, I Choose Hamilton

We can choose to harness history’s power—the power of the stories we tell—to claim hope and love as things that last, as the things that matter. We can choose to tell the better stories. And if we are fighting to make space for the better stories amid the bad news, if we are too sad or too angry to tell the stories ourselves, we listen to those who tell them for us. [Read more…]

Prince, Chronic Pain, Opioids & Why Dependence is Not a Pathology

On April 21, when my alarm clock radio blasted “Raspberry Beret” at 5:30 a.m., I let it play for a minute before turning the radio off. The familiar tune was an unexpectedly pleasant start to my day. Several hours later, I learned that Prince, the musical genius behind that song and so many others, was [Read More…]

God in My Gut

If God isn’t going to speak to me with a voice or in a dream or the clear movement of the Spirit, my gut is all I’ve got. [Read more…]

Consider the Birds: What happens to a writer (this writer) when words fail

The birds are trying to tell me something. If only I could figure out what. I have a thing for birds, live ones and otherwise. I drink my coffee every morning out of a chickadee mug—my favorite from the set of four bird mugs my husband gave me for Christmas. When I’m browsing for goods [Read More…]

A Mother’s Call to Care for Other People’s Children

My good friend Sally has been traveling to the West Bank for a dozen years as a volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). I’m thrilled to share her story here. Sally Hunsberger used to think that as her children grew into more self-reliant teens, she would feel less conflicted about her regular trips to the West Bank [Read More…]

Lenten Compline for the Weary Parent

I need to make room for confession that goes deeper than my grimy kitchen floor and messy desk, for love that starts with the mundane work that sustains my family and my career but ends somewhere else—somewhere less cluttered, with more room for possibility. [Read more…]