Patheos Peeps: Elizabeth Nordquist on Walking as Spiritual Discipline

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. I am 43 [Read More...]

Why I Wrote a Wishy-Washy Book

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In re-reading Kathleen Norris’s sort-of-memoir Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life, I came across this declaration: I am telling stories, not writing prescriptions. And I thought, Yes! Yes. Me too. In writing about her experience with acedia (a state of spiritual malaise and indifference), Norris might end up helping readers recognize [Read More...]

Who Should Read My Book? And Why?

Yesterday, I had a great conversation at a local coffeehouse with Rick Green, a columnist from the Hartford Courant. Rick concluded his interview by asking two very important questions: Who should read No Easy Choice? And why? (He also asked why I didn’t end the book with a clear conclusion that reproductive technologies are a [Read More...]

Praying to a God Who Cares About Suffering Nations, and Also My Dog

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Although I’ve struggled with prayer for my entire adult life, I think I’ve finally found a prayer practice that I can stick with. As I have mentioned before, I’m using Phyllis Tickle’s book series The Divine Hours to “pray the hours.” Praying the hours is an ancient practice, used in many monastic communities, in which [Read More...]

February’s Top Posts: Disabilities, Lent, and Why I Go To Church

I’m catching up on a number of articles and blog posts I owe to other people, so instead of a new post today, I’m posting links to the five most-read posts of February. If you missed any of them, I hope you’ll take a look and share them with others. The most popular posts of [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Brian McLaren on Adding Something During Lent

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. On his “Naked [Read More...]

A Mom Asks Santorum to “Meet My Son”

Presidential contender Rick Santorum recently criticized the Obama administration’s health care reform because it requires provision of free prenatal testing for pregnant women. Santorum stated that, “Free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society.” Responding [Read More...]

The God of Whiners

Last Thursday, my writer-blogger-OI-mom friend Rachel and I (we refer to ourselves as the “OI giantesses,” because at 5′ 1″ and 4′ 8″ respectively, we are indeed huge by the standards of OI, the genetic bone disorder we share) spent the day together; it was our first face-to-face meeting after about a year of online [Read More...]

“Biblical” Views on Abortion Are Younger Than I Am

I have made no secret of the fact that I am a pro-choice Christian. I’ve paid a price for holding that position and being willing to talk about it. I lost a valued writing job. I’ve been called awful, hateful names by other Christians. I have also received grace and hospitality from Christians who are [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Adam McHugh on Dealing with Criticism

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. (OK, I’m cheating [Read More...]

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

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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...]


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