Patheos (& Other) Peeps: LaVonne Neff on Healthcare Rationing

On Fridays, I publicize work by other writers. I focus often but not exclusively on writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the love by reading these writers’ blog posts and books, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in online conversations with them. Although [Read More...]

What Shane Claiborne (& Mother Teresa!) Got Wrong: On Being the Body of Christ with Imperfect Bodies

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Last spring, I heard a terrific talk from Shane Claiborne at the Festival of Faith & Writing. Claiborne, a prominent voice in progressive Christian circles, lives in Philadelphia’s inner city, where he and the other inhabitants of the Simple Way community practice a “new monasticism.” They value hospitality and communal living, seek to build relationships [Read More...]

I’m Off (Following the Connecticut Author Trail…)

I’m taking a couple of days off of blogging. Today, my pal (and very talented writer…preorder her book!) Rachel Stone is crossing Long Island Sound to hang with me. Tonight, she and I, and a couple of other friends, will go to a big shindig at the Mohegan Sun Casino honoring the 2012 Connecticut Authors [Read More...]

Before Everything Changed

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(Adapted from a post originally published on my former blog, Five Dollars and Some Common Sense, in April 2009) A few years ago, my parents went through hundreds of old photos, throwing some out, giving some to each child, and saving some to be transferred to CD. My mom gave me a copy of this [Read More...]

God, Gratitude and Suffering: The Basics

On this day in which we remember another September 11—a day on which too many people had to ask that terrible question, “Why?” “Why me?” “Why him or her?” “Why us?”—a few thoughts on the nature of suffering and gratitude. 1. Scripture advises us to be grateful in all things, not for all things. From [Read More...]

Fed Up with “The Church”? Try a Different One (Maybe Even in the Mainline!)

In a hugely popular post titled “Confessions of an Accidental Feminist,” blogger, author, and evangelical upstart (in a good way) Rachel Held Evans shared this quote from her exasperated husband: “It seems to me that the only thing you have to do to be controversial in the Church is to say something true and be [Read More...]

An Untold Story About Prescription Painkillers (Mine)

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I take prescription painkillers every day, but I am not an addict. According to the Centers for Disease Control, we are in the midst of a “growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse,” marked by rising abuse rates along with rising rates of overdose and deaths by overdose. The CDC and others blame this epidemic [Read More...]

The Life and Death of My Tattoo: Postscript

People keep talking about my tattoo. Everyone has a different take on the story of how I considered getting a tattoo (for very concrete reasons having to do with my disability), went as far as choosing artwork, and then decided not to get a tattoo when my 8-year-old strenuously objected. (Here is the story for [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Chris Travis on How Our Insignificant Work Becomes Significant

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On Fridays, I publicize work by other writers. I focus often but not exclusively on writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the love by reading these writers’ blog posts and books, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in online conversations with them. When [Read More...]

Lessons from Acadia

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We just returned from a quick, relatively last-minute family trip to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a long drive (about seven hours each way) for just over two days of vacation, but oh so worth it. We decided on this trip earlier in August, after our 15th wedding anniversary on July [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Rachel Marie Stone on Loving Our Neighbor By Getting Our Kids Vaccinated

On Fridays, I share links to blog posts by other writers. I link often but not exclusively to writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the blog love by reading these posts, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in the comment conversation. My oh-so-brave [Read More...]

The Myth of the Overscheduled Child

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My kids are sometimes overscheduled, but not for the reason you think. (Oh, and they’re happy too.) I recently marked my calendar with all of the rehearsal and performance dates for my daughters’ participation in our church choir. As I inked in their music theory sessions (once a week for each daughter, at different times), [Read More...]


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