Saturday Link Love: Bible Verse Blunders, Rotating Bishops, and Missing Action Figures

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Gets Saved

I am beyond frustrated with this section. Just beyond frustrated. Read more

Demons and the Consequences of Feeding Children’s Fears

So, demons. I’ve written on this topic before, but it’s been a while, and when I last wrote on this topic my children were too small to be scared of the dark. When I was a girl, I was taught that demons were real. My dad used to pray a “hedge of protection” around our house, to keep the demons out. My parents told me that there’s an invisible world all around us, in which angels and demons are at war, constantly. Read more

Hitting the Reset Button

I did not begin blogging expecting to create a community. When I first started writing on blogspot five years ago, I never expected to even have regular commenters. Over the years, however, my commentariat has grown, and I’ve learned that running a popular blog comes with its own responsibilities, many of which I am ill prepared for. I’ve tried, very hard, to create a space that facilitates discussion, but I haven’t always been successful. Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Complicated Legacy of Our White Past

But that wasn’t the end of my conversation with my daughter yesterday. I also told her that her great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother was a Quaker. I had to explain what that was too, of course, but once I did her eyes lit up. “Cool!” she said. We need to bring our children face to face with reality, but we also need to inspire them to be the ones willing to keep going when others stop. Read more

Mary Lambert and the Ups and Downs of Being a Survivor

In the time I’ve spent around survivor communities, one thing I’ve noticed is an alternating feeling of euphoria and despair. It is not uncommon for a person to feel they can take on the world one day and to feel like all they want to do is curl up and hide the next day. I’ve watched this happen in various online communities as someone freshly liberated from an abusive home environment will post one day about how incredibly happy she is, as though she is floating, and the next day she’ll post in tears, struggling with PTSD, fear, and self-doubt and asking if it ever gets better. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 51: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Emotional Labor, Recovered Memory, and White Paranoia

Share your links! Read more

Anonymous Tip: Donna Gets Some Character Development

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a peak into Donna’s personal life. We’ve only met Donna’s boyfriend, Stephen, twice so far: once when we first met Donna waking up in bed with him back in chapter 1, and once when she told him about this particular case while eating lunch after the initial hearing. We know that he’s from a rich family and has daddy issues, and that he just graduated at the top in his class from Gonzaga University School of Law. We also know that he’s studying for the bar exam and will be going to Washington, D.C., to take a job that is a “chance of a lifetime” for the next two years as soon as he’s finished with the bar. Read more

Sexual Assault in Cologne and Sexual Assault at Home

Earlier this week, Hemant Mehta published an article titled We Can’t Ignore the Cultural and Religious Roots of the Cologne Sexual Assaults. While I largely agree with his post’s content, I want to add something to his analysis. Hemant begins his post as follows: On New Years Eve, in the city of Cologne, Germany, what was supposed to be a night of celebration turned disturbing very quickly. We’ve learned that hundreds of women may have been sexually assaulted or had their property stolen that night… Read more

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