Revisiting the Daisies (Or, Why the Online World Isn’t All Bad)

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My Facebook news feed yesterday morning was full of good-byes from friends who will fast from social media for Lent. I understand this impulse; social media can be distracting and disconnecting, tempting us to interact with a computer screen instead of what is right in front of us—our work, our families, our friends, ourselves. My [Read More...]

Lent 2012: Breaking the Cycle of Bad Habits

Lead me not into temptation...

I’ve been in a bit of a rut recently. I’m sad about what’s happening with our dog. While I’m excited about my book finally being out in the world, I’m intimidated by how much effort goes into marketing, with results that are rarely immediate or even noticeable. Every week, I have a manageable to-do list. [Read More...]

Five Really Bad Excuses for Parking in a Handicapped Space When You Shouldn’t

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Several years ago, I drove my daughter Leah to school one icy morning. Because slippery, icy sidewalks are a danger to people like us with fragile bones, I pulled into the parking lot closest to the school entrance, where there are two handicapped spaces. Both spaces were full. This is not an unusual occurrence. One [Read More...]

Six Ways to Be Hospitable Toward People with Disabilities

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Update: This post refers to people with physical disabilities. I would love to hear hospitality ideas from people who live with intellectual disabilities, hearing and vision impairment, mental illness, and other conditions. If you are a blogger with an expertise in those areas, consider writing a “six ways to be hospitable” post of your own [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Dilshad Ali on “Extreme Parenting”

Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well. Since joining the [Read More...]

Observations from My Book Launch

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Observation 1: I really love public speaking. I had a great time speaking at my book launch party on Sunday, and at a local Episcopal church earlier the same day. And apparently I’m pretty good at it. People laughed at my jokes! My sister said I remind her of Kelly Corrigan, which might be the [Read More...]

Q&A on Christians, IVF, and PGD

Over on her new blog hosted by Religion News Service, my ever-fabulous editor Jana Riess has posted an interview she did with me about my new book, No Easy Choice. Check it out! [Read more...]

My Huffington Post Article: 5 Tips for People of Faith Considering Reproductive Technology

I have a short essay on the Huffington Post today offering some very broad advice for people of faith who are considering reproductive technology. I asked a friend who has struggled with infertility (and thus far, chosen not to use any technology for help conceiving beyond a relatively low-impact fertility medication) to read this over [Read More...]

A New Wedding Ring for Valentine’s Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m re-posting this essay that appeared last year on my former blog, Five Dollars and Some Common Sense. I had a fabulous book launch party this weekend and planned to post some photos and other thoughts about it today, but am having some technical difficulties with the photos. Stay tuned! [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Diana Butler Bass (and Others) on the HHS Contraception Mandate

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Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well. A big controversy [Read More...]

When Unconditional Love Isn’t Enough

There’s a hazard to “living out loud,” to writing as a memoirist who pens intimate posts in which I try to be honest about my inner life while painting word portraits of my outer life. The hazard is that, when I realize that something I wrote is no longer true, I have to come clean. [Read More...]

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...]


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