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...]

When in Doubt, Send Food

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I used to think it was a little silly, the way so many of us (particularly women, it seems) respond to major events in other people’s lives, whether happy or sad, by sending food. As if a pound cake will mend a heart broken by an unexpected death. As if a pan of turkey tetrazzini [Read More...]

Why Prenatal Screening for Gender and for Disabilities are Not the Same

When writing about reproductive ethics, I’m not in the business of telling people what to do. Occasionally, however, I offer my opinion on particular uses of reproductive technology. One practice that I find unacceptable is gender selection of embryos and fetuses for non-medical reasons. (A medical reason for gender selection would be if a family [Read More...]

Four Ways for Writers to Be Good Neighbors in Cyberspace (and Promote Our Own Work Too)

Writers today (particularly nonfiction) must have a robust online presence, particularly if we hope to earn some money by writing. Yet cyberspace is a tricky place. Most writers I know struggle with the same few issues: How to promote our work without being self-absorbed and obnoxious, how to avoid letting our self-worth get caught up [Read More...]

“Congrats on the book. What can I do to help?”

I am incredibly lucky to have supportive friends, family, and writing colleagues who rejoiced with me as my book No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction was officially released last Tuesday. A number of people have asked what they can do to help spread the word [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Nadia Bolz-Weber on an Embodied Faith

I’m starting a new Friday tradition of linking to a post from one of my fellow bloggers on Patheos (“Patheos Peeps” is the name of the Facebook group we recently started). Blogging for Patheos has thus far been a blogger’s dream. I get personal and technological support from being on a team of writers on [Read More...]

Women and Children First

Nick Kristof wrote last weekend about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy statement on “toxic stress” as a precursor to all sorts of physical and psychological ailments. When infants and young children are subjected to stressors, including abuse and neglect, and when they don’t receive adequate parental love as an antidote to that stress, [Read More...]


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