That Darn Camel: My Struggle with Tithing

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“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23 – 25) While topics such as same-sex marriage and abortion dominate media coverage of religion, I’d venture to say that money is the [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Katherine Willis Pershey on Marriage, Motherhood, and Ministry

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Every Friday, I feature something written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality, or by another blogger/writer whose work I admire. This week, I had the pleasure of reviewing Katherine Willis Pershey’s new book, Any Day a Beautiful Change (Chalice Press, 2012), for the Englewood Review [Read More...]

Do I Hate My Life? No. But I Do Hate My Disability.

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Thomas, a reader who has the same bone disorder I do (osteogenesis imperfecta, or OI) commented on my contention in Friday’s post that I hate OI. Thomas wrote, “It’s really hard to read this and not feel sad for you…To me hating an almost immutable element about one’s body is kind of living with perpetual [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Christian Piatt on Fatherhood, Anxiety, and Love That Longs for Expression

Every Friday, I feature something written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality, or by another blogger/writer whose work I admire. This week I am discussing Christian Piatt’s new memoir as part of a book club discussion hosted by Patheos. Our recent trip south for my [Read More...]

This is What Love Looks Like

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A mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother dies, and we gather. We walk through Ruby’s house, running our hands along the dresser tops and counters and armchairs that witnessed her raising five children, cooking thousands of meals, going over the books for the business she built with her husband, making and receiving phone calls from [Read More...]

Goodbye to Ruby

On Monday morning, May 14, my mother-in-law, Ruby Kimrey Dollar, died. Which makes my husband an orphan (his dad died of colon cancer in 1988). I cannot speak for what my husband is feeling, and in fact, he may be trying to figure that out for some time to come. We’ve lived in Connecticut—a 14-hour [Read More...]

Another Q&A on “No Easy Choice”

Yesterday, Sandra Glahn (co-author of several books on infertility with Dr. William Cutrer) featured a Q&A with me about my book, No Easy Choice, on her blog. Check it out here. [Read more...]

Two Posts I’m Not Going to Write

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It is a constant bloggerly temptation to feel that I have to weigh in on every news story that either 1) has to do with one of my core topics (parenting, disability, ethics, faith) or 2) I feel strongly about. (This is part of what I was writing about in my post about the “Tyranny [Read More...]

MOMumental: A Parenting Book Even I Can Endorse

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Let’s be clear: I do not “do” parenting books. I don’t read books about how to be a better mother (or, for that matter, how to follow a menu plan that will make me feel 10 years younger, or how to know God better). In my experience, self-help/advice books don’t really change me for the [Read More...]

A Collection of Stories About Reproductive Technology

As Amy Julia Becker so eloquently wrote in her review of my book last week, and as I further explained in the comments section of that review, considering the ethical questions raised by reproductive technology in the context of real people’s stories is hard but important work. Stories illuminate, and they complicate. As I said [Read More...]

On Being a Mixed-Label Christian

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As I explain in the About Me section of this blog, I wear a number of labels that don’t always go together naturally. Like “evangelical” and “Episcopalian.” Mostly, I would like to not be terribly concerned about labels. I’d like people who claim faith in Jesus Christ to be able, willing, and eager to hang [Read More...]

What I’ve Learned About Adopting a Dog…the Hard Way

One week. That’s how long our latest adopted rescue dog lasted in our home. One. Stinkin’. Week. The problem? Essentially the same problem we had with our last rescue dog—an anxious, possessive personality that was putting the children in our lives at risk of being bitten. Despite spending several hours a day doing various training [Read More...]


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