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...]

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...]