Healing and Holding Up the World: A Tribute for National Nurse Week

Guest Post: by Elizabeth Myer BoultonMy mother was a nurse all her professional life which meant we grew up with graphic (and often hilarious!) dinner conversation, weird work hours, and the knowledge that we would have to be actively dying or bleeding to death before we could go to the Emergency Room.Now that I’m a mother who actively sought out nurse midwives for labor and delivery and nurse practitioners for our family's medical care, I've learned more about my mom than simply knowing … [Read more...]

7 Ways From Sunday: 7 True Things From 7 Years of Blogging

Yesterday, I logged into my "back end" blog stuff to edit something and noticed--purely by chance--that I've written 499 blog posts. Ever.499.... That means that this, right here, is my 500th blog post. **Cue fireworks and champagne and fancy outfits!**Actually. Cue coffee in a local dive, a morning of people-watching (my favorite) and rain-day hair. That's what I'm rocking for this momentous occasion.7 years ago, I got a free Wordpress account and started messing around. I had … [Read more...]

Only Libraries Can Save Us Now

I did not know that National Library Week was a thing, but I am a fan. Let's face it, there is a made up holiday for every-damn-thing-ever these days; if Hallmark didn't dream it up, then Facebook did. So if there is a national pancake day, redhead day, sibling day, and "I used to be in a cool band but now I'm a grown up" day (Ok, maybe my husband made that one up) then libraries deserve a week of their own.The library is, and has always been, my happy place. I grew up in a small town in s … [Read more...]

10 Things Scarier Than a Trans Person In Your Bathroom

We know better than to read the comments section.But sometimes I can't help myself. As much as I want to guard myself from the toxic drivel and the deluded persecution complex, I also want to understand what people are so afraid of.North Carolina's Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act has initiated similar legislation proposals in other states (including Kansas). In short, these measures would dictate that a transgender person must use only the public facilities designated for t … [Read more...]

Something Wicked This Way Comes: When Trump Comes to Town

He's coming. To Kansas City. Tonight. It is a gray, dull, drizzly day here, which is fitting. As though Mother Nature herself conspired to dress appropriately for the orgy of hatred that is unfolding across the prairie. Nay, across all the land.Yes, I said "nay." Sorry, something about that man makes me draw up Elizabethan-speak from the bottom of my English major soul. Something wicked this way comes...But enough about him. It's not about him. As we well know, he is just a mouthpiece. A … [Read more...]

No Tribe But Ours: A Refugee Story

I really just carried the fruit basket... But I'll tell you about that in a minute.While Kansas, Arizona, and other states draft fresh, angry legislation to keep refugees from entering their boundaries, hundreds of families are quietly coming to resettle in an American city near you.And 99.99% of them are not terrorists. Despite what some politicians would have you believe.My congregation, like many faith communities, has been deeply moved by images and stories of refugees around the … [Read more...]

The Unfriend Trend: Why You Should Stop Ditching All the Trump Supporters

Maybe Jerry Falwell, Jr was right. Donald Trump IS, in fact, like Jesus Christ. At least, in one major way.  He has come to set father against son, mother against daughter, and mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law. In many cases, our enemies are members of our own household." Further, nation shall rise up against nation. He comes not to bring peace, but a sword. Dear Mr. Trump--I do not think that means what you think it means.But he's beside the point. Sort of. Fact is, this whole c … [Read more...]

Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day

Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and your words of wisdom. I love the ways people capture the spirit of this day in art, song and story. And mostly, I enjoy seeing how communities of faith, and communities in general gather around on this day to listen and learn, to sing and celebrate, to mourn and cast a hopeful vision forward together. Here are some inspiring glimpses from MLK day around the … [Read more...]

Still, Always: What Alan Rickman Really Gave Us

Many of the miracle stories in the gospels have a common denominator: the hush factor. After performing a sign or a wonder, Jesus would often tell onlookers, or the recently healed leper/lame/blind man, that they were to "Say nothing to anyone."Biblical scholars have argued for millennia as to why that might be. Unable to fully explain it, they did what biblical scholars do and they came up with a big fancy name for this phenomenon so that people would stop asking them hard questions. They ca … [Read more...]


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