A New Wedding Ring for Valentine’s Day


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m re-posting this essay that appeared last year on my former blog, Five Dollars and Some Common Sense. I had a fabulous book launch party this weekend and planned to post some photos and other thoughts about it today, but am having some technical difficulties with the photos. Stay tuned! [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Diana Butler Bass (and Others) on the HHS Contraception Mandate


Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well. A big controversy [Read More...]

When Unconditional Love Isn’t Enough

There’s a hazard to “living out loud,” to writing as a memoirist who pens intimate posts in which I try to be honest about my inner life while painting word portraits of my outer life. The hazard is that, when I realize that something I wrote is no longer true, I have to come clean. [Read More...]

Why I Go to Church

I don’t particularly like going to church. In college, I loved my InterVarsity Christian Fellowship large-group meetings on Friday nights, which included lots of praise songs accompanied by guitar. But church? Not so much. My college church was a nondenominational community fellowship with a cavernous mauve-tinted sanctuary that resembled nothing more than a Holiday Inn [Read More...]

How a Diagnosis Can Both Help and Hurt

Looking back again at my post last week on prenatal screening for disabilities, I was arguing that many diagnoses (including my own bone disorder) have inherent qualities that cause suffering; that is, I believe that the suffering of disabilities does not stem solely from social exclusion, lack of accommodation, and cultural tendencies to see people [Read More...]

An Early Review of “No Easy Choice”

As reviewers and bloggers start receiving their copies of my new book No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, I’ll be posting links to their reviews on my web site’s Publications page. But I wanted to point out one reviewer who is going above and beyond [Read More...]

Watch “How to Get Published” on WHC-TV

Connecticut readers: In February, I will be appearing on a local community TV talk show, “Life and Style with Sara,” discussing the publishing industry with host Sara Conner, editor/agent Lisa Swayne, and novelist Susan Schoenberger. Here is all the info. SCHEDULE: Friday February 3rd at 8pm Monday February 13 at 8:30 pm Tuesday February 21st at [Read More...]

When in Doubt, Send Food


I used to think it was a little silly, the way so many of us (particularly women, it seems) respond to major events in other people’s lives, whether happy or sad, by sending food. As if a pound cake will mend a heart broken by an unexpected death. As if a pan of turkey tetrazzini [Read More...]