A Fresh Start

Welcome to my new blog here on Patheos!

The time is right for me to go in some new directions with blogging, and I’m excited that the folks at Patheos invited me to do so here, in the company of so many other great writers. I encourage you to check out the company I’m keeping at the Patheos blog page, particularly the Progressive Christian Portal.

For the past few years, I have maintained two blogs: Five Dollars and Some Common Sense, where I have written about faith, family, and disability from all sort of angles; and Choices That Matter, where I have focused on the ethical questions raised by technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Exploring those questions from a Christian perspective is the focus of my new book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, which will release on January 17, 2012.

Keeping up with two separate blogs is unwieldy. So I am discontinuing my two previous blogs in favor of a single blog here at Patheos. If you have followed me here from one of those blogs, I invite you to subscribe to this one via e-mail or RSS feed (see the appropriate tools in the right sidebar to do so). Of course, I invite you to do so if you are a new reader too!

I plan to write about the same stuff I’ve always written about. The difference is that all of my blog posts, whether they focus on reproductive ethics or more generally on faith, family, and/or disability, will be shared in one place—here—instead of being split between two blogs. My goal is to provide plenty of content to appeal to readers of both of my previous blogs. Rather than migrating old content here, I’ll be 1) leaving both blogs up for the time being, and 2) reposting/reworking old posts here from time to time. So if you have followed me here from Choices That Matter or Five Dollars…, you may see some familiar content. I will provide plenty of new stuff as well.

Besides writing original posts on my core topics, I’ll also post links to anything I publish elsewhere, write book reviews, and point readers toward other writers, blogs, web sites, and resources that I have found helpful, inspiring, or entertaining. I always welcome recommendations from readers. I plan to post at least three times per week.

In my next post, I’ll share more about me and what I write by explaining the tagline above: Parenthood, disability, ethics, and the crooked way of grace. Thanks for visiting. I look forward to continuing some great conversations, and starting some new ones.

About Ellen Painter Dollar

Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer focusing on faith, parenting, family, disability, and ethics. She is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Faith, and Parenthood in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012). Visit her web site at http://ellenpainterdollar.com for more on her writing and speaking, and to sign up for a (very) occasional email newsletter.

  • Marlena

    Ellen,

    We look forward to the insights you have to offer. I am glad you are a part of Patheos.

  • http://www.painandspirituality.blogspot.com Carol D. Marsh

    Ellen – I am looking forward to following you here, now.


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