When in Doubt, Send Food

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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...]

Four Ways for Writers to Be Good Neighbors in Cyberspace (and Promote Our Own Work Too)

Writers today (particularly nonfiction) must have a robust online presence, particularly if we hope to earn some money by writing. Yet cyberspace is a tricky place. Most writers I know struggle with the same few issues: How to promote our work without being self-absorbed and obnoxious, how to avoid letting our self-worth get caught up [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Nadia Bolz-Weber on an Embodied Faith

I’m starting a new Friday tradition of linking to a post from one of my fellow bloggers on Patheos (“Patheos Peeps” is the name of the Facebook group we recently started). Blogging for Patheos has thus far been a blogger’s dream. I get personal and technological support from being on a team of writers on [Read More...]

I Never Did Like Group Projects…

Group projects. Does anyone (besides teachers) actually like them? I hated group projects when I was in school. I hated scheduling my work around other people’s schedules, relying on people who could not always be relied upon, and having to let go of some interesting angle on a topic because no one else shared my [Read More...]

Today’s the Day

January 17, 2012. The day my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, is officially released. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the ten-year journey that led from living through the decisions Daniel and I made about having children in light of my having a [Read More...]

What My Dog is Teaching Me About Grace

Eddie's many fears include all beeping mechanical things, including cameras. This photo, taken by his foster mom before he was ours, is the best photo I have of him.

These first two months with our rescue dog, Eddie, have taught me more about grace, about unconditional love and acceptance of others as they are, than even twelve years of being a mother to three children. I’m a little embarrassed to write that, and surprised that it is true. I’ve always struggled a bit with [Read More...]

Reproductive Tourism Lays Bare the Fertility Industry’s Market Orientation

A reader sent me a link to a Slate article about the burgeoning practice of reproductive or fertility “tourism.” This is an increasingly common practice by which infertile people from one country access fertility services in another country, often for economic reasons, but also for regulatory reasons. For example, people from relatively wealthy Western nations [Read More...]

Check Out My New Web Site!

I finally have a dedicated author web site at www.ellenpainterdollar.com. A big thanks to Marc Miller of Big Ocean Studios for creating my site within a tight budget. I highly recommend him to any authors or other folk who need a nice web site but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend! I invite you [Read More...]


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