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...]

Good Grief, I Think I Actually Agree with Newt Gingrich

In case you haven’t figured this out, I am a Democrat. I will vote for Barack Obama in November, just as I did in 2008. I think Bill Clinton is one of the finest politicians of recent decades (note that I said one of the finest politicians, not husbands), and being at both of his [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Nancy French on a New Daughter’s Love of Beautiful Things

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. This week I’m [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...]

Christians: Let’s Get Real About Suffering

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My post last week on why prenatal screening for disabilities is motivated by different impulses than prenatal screening for gender led to a lot of heated but helpful discussion. One commenter was troubled by my empathy for parents who, motivated by a desire to spare their child great suffering, terminate a pregnancy after learning that [Read More...]

Where Imperfect Bodies Reign

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One day several years ago, I was in the hot tub at our local indoor pool, stretching after swimming laps. A class for parents and infants was about to start, so moms and dads were gathering near the hot tub, their wide-eyed little ones wrapped in towels. A tall, tanned young mother strolled in wearing [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...]

Patheos Peeps: Christian Piatt on Ministry to “the Poor”

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. This week, Christian [Read More...]

Listen to My Interview on NPR

This morning, I was on my local NPR station (WNPR 90.5 in Hartford) as part of a panel of people discussing prenatal screening. We talked about lots of practical issues (the tests available, the process of making decisions around testing, etc.) as well as the stickier ethical and emotional questions that the increasing availability of [Read More...]


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