Blog Temporarily Closed for Pondering (and Hauerwas)

One of the biggest struggles with being a writer who blogs is that the time and thought required to post regular blog entries can make it difficult to give adequate time and thought to other writing endeavors. I have some ideas percolating for possible print articles and even a couple of book ideas, but they always get shoved to the bottom of the list. So, because I’d like to spend some time pondering these larger projects, and because my kids are on school vacation, I will be taking a few days off from the blog.

In addition to pondering and keeping the kids from killing each other or dying of boredom, we’ll head down to North Carolina to see family and continue cleaning out my mother-in-law’s house. While down there, I’m going to Duke University to meet with Stanley Hauerwas, a professor of ethics at the divinity school. An expert in the theology of disability, Hauerwas has been a mentor and supporter of mine. He not only endorsed my book, but graciously shares my story through articles and lectures. Just last week, a North Carolina friend e-mailed me to say she was listening to a lecture by Dr. Hauerwas in which he talked about my story. I’m thrilled to finally have the chance to meet him, as well as some other Duke folks focused on issues around disability, reproductive choices, and faith.

I’ll be back with new posts next week!

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 for more on her writing and speaking, and to sign up for a (very) occasional email newsletter.