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...]

The Summer of My Bench (or, Everyday Resurrections)

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I spend several hours a day sitting on this bench in our front yard.               I do this to keep our puppy, Sunday, company as she roams the yard. I want to keep an eye on her to make sure she’s respecting the boundaries of our electric fence. Plus [Read More...]

Does Prenatal Testing Equal Eugenics?

My colleague and friend Amy Julia Becker had an interesting conversation on her blog earlier this week, in which she and her readers discussed “whether or not those of us with children with Down syndrome should allow abortion into the conversation surrounding prenatal diagnosis.” Most of the people Amy Julia cited in her post, as [Read More...]

The Life and Death of My Tattoo

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A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get a tattoo. This idea came out of nowhere, but immediately made sense. I realized a tattoo could be a great way to honor my body—my crooked and broken body that has nevertheless borne and cares for three children. For once, I would do something to draw [Read More...]

Six Annoying Things that Readers Say To and About Bloggers

One commenter to my essay on the New York Times Motherlode blog last week, in which I told my story of making childbearing decisions in light of having a genetic disorder that my children could inherit, wrote this: In your article you mention “hard questions about choice, responsibility, and suffering”, but you don’t discuss them, [Read More...]

We Pushed Our Luck, and Got This Guy: Deciding to Have the Third Baby

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(Editorial Note: I’m including an excerpt from my book below, so this is more an online article than a blog post, much longer than my usual. If you have the time and inclination to read it, thanks! I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual shorter blog post.) Last week, the New York Times’ “Motherlode” parenting [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: More Voices on the Colorado Shooting, Guns, and Violence

Every Friday, 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. Here are [Read More...]

Three Things I’ve Learned from Adopting a Puppy

This is as close as Sunday and our cat, Stormy, have gotten so far. Sunday would love to play. Stormy is not interested.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that we’ve had some hard times with our dogs over the past year, with two failed adoptions of adult rescue dogs under our belt. I shared our hard-won wisdom about adopting rescue dogs in a blog post back in May. We eventually decided to adopt [Read More...]

Five Lessons from My Post on Gun Control

A few things I learned from Monday’s post on guns and the shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater: 1. You get WAY more blog hits when you get preachy and unequivocal than when you promote dialogue, generosity, nuance, and complexity. But I already knew that. And I will continue to write mostly from the [Read More...]

“No Easy Choice”: Driving People Nuts Since 2012

My favorite line in writer, reviewer, and all-around nice person LaVonne Neff’s review of my book, No Easy Choice, is this one: “If you like things cut and dried, [No Easy Choice] will drive you nuts.” It’s true. It will. But I still think that the balanced, nuanced, maybe-this-and-also-that style in which I wrote No [Read More...]

For Christians, Gun Control Should Be a No-Brainer. Why Isn’t It?

Again, I awake to news of an inexplicable mass shooting, people gunned down in the most mundane of places, this time a movie theater. Again, I read the same worn arguments from anti-gun control folk, who insist that a legally armed citizen might have stopped alleged gunman James Holmes before he killed a dozen people. [Read More...]

Valuing Life, Preventing Suffering: A Central Tension in Genetic Screening for Disability

I’m attending and speaking at the 3rd annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, held this year at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. This afternoon, I will read from my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, and host a conversation on the promises [Read More...]


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