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February 08, 2018
In a Funk
You’re not sorry you’re alive, just embarrassed. Aware of the burden of your body. How...
November 23, 2017
A Tradition Without Tryptophan
November is always an interesting time for a family of vegetarians. While my three children...
June 29, 2017
My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on July 21, 2014. I didn’t spend enough...
January 12, 2017
Making Contact: A Christian-Atheist Friendship, Part 2
An introduction: Decades ago, in the faraway land of Orange County, California, two young women...
December 28, 2016
Thirty Minutes Without My Phone
The fact that a half-hour meal alone in an IHOP occasions its own blog post...
November 22, 2016
Lashing Out at Myself
I was born with a certain level of anxiety in my blood—an electric edge that...
October 27, 2016
Interview with a Zombie
Halloween costumes and decorations. If I’m a vampire, Pinterest is my garlic. Not only do...
October 06, 2016
The Day My Daughter Found Herself
I want you to watch me run. My daughter Becca sent me that text last...
September 15, 2016
Unfriending, Impractical Jokes, and Other Foibles
If I were to graph my mental health over the past five years, the line...
August 22, 2016
Sitting Together: A Week at the Glen Workshop
I’m an introvert who loves to talk, an often confusing combination that can leave me...
August 05, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Onesimus”
In this month of painful national and international news, Tania Runyan’s poem “Onesimus” offers a...
July 13, 2016
The Cult of Emotion
As a newish, struggling Christian recovering from two years in a fundamentalist youth group, I...
June 14, 2016
Fifty Shores of Grief
I write this the evening of June 12, 2016, the day forty-nine people died in the...
June 06, 2016
Who’s Your Daddy?
Adoptive parents develop radar for insensitive language and story lines pretty quickly. Wes Anderson’s simplistic...
May 27, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The Manifestation” by Richard Jones
I’m a poet and believer. If anyone should spend an evening gazing at a meteor...
May 12, 2016
A Poet Walks Into a Business Networking Event
The poet gives a young woman $15 for admission, squeezes her drink ticket like a...
April 21, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 2
Read Part 1 here. My fear of flying made every flight I took an exhausting...
April 20, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 1
Years ago, I worked with a woman who sold her car after a spider's nest...
April 01, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Creed in the Santa Ana Winds” by Bronwen Butter Newcott
Growing up in southern California, I experienced the uneasy allure of the Santa Ana’s hot...
March 29, 2016
Believing in the Beach Boys
The first church I attended as a teenaged new believer swiftly taught me two doctrines:...
March 09, 2016
Finding My Inner Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane lumbered around Deadwood in fringed buckskins, spitting, cursing, and waving her whiskey flask...
February 17, 2016
My first memory takes place in Lakewood, CA, a small suburb south of Los Angeles....
January 27, 2016
Where to Hang Your Grief
My daughters Lydia and Becca, ages 12 and 10, are thoroughly delighted by the contemporary...
January 06, 2016
Autistic Lives Matter
When I first met Daniel Bowman Jr. at the Festival of Faith and Writing, we...
December 15, 2015
How to Win the War on Christmas
After thirteen years of parenting, my husband and I still know virtually nothing about raising...
November 18, 2015
Christian Kerfuffles, Taking Offense, and the Poetry of Li-Young Lee
In late October, I had the privilege of teaching two workshops at the Indiana Faith...
October 27, 2015
Trauma’s Not a Sin
Recently I ran across the following sentences in a status update and, in short, wanted...
October 07, 2015
Life-Saving Moments of Art
In August, the musical duo Alright Alright, composed of husband and wife Seth and China...
September 16, 2015
Not Your Mother’s Book Tour
In my world, a typical book signing involves sitting behind a small publisher’s table at...
August 25, 2015
How To Begin a Book
I’m a bit Type A for a poet—or for what people perceive as one. I...
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