Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left


Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago.Dave didn't deserve this. Journalism doesn't deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of bygone years. I thought you should see what's happening in too many quarters of the once great Fourth Estate.Read Dave's blog post, Why I left.Read Robert Feder's column … [Read more...]

God Girl’s Got News: My Happy Return to Fourth Estate

It is with great delight that I share some (personal) breaking news: At the end of the month, I will be joining the staff of the Orange County Register as its Faith & Values Columnist.I'll be on sabbatical until then, but I am thrilled to be joining the Register in this new era, with a publisher, Aaron Kushner, who believes in the power and necessity of excellent newspaper journalism. In the last few months, the Register has hired more than 70 new reporters, columnists, editors,  and … [Read more...]

‘Why I Hate Religion But Love YouTube’

Early this year I visited the Episcopal parish outside Chicago where my family and I used to worship before we moved to California a few years ago. About a dozen 12-to-14-year-olds gathered in a classroom used for daycare during the rest of the week. They pulled out cushions and gathered in a circle on the floor, falling over each other like puppies and talking nonstop.The lead teacher began with prayer and then asked the kids to share about the previous week. For the better part of 45 … [Read more...]

GODSTUFF: 10 years after 9/11 the question remains the same

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was standing in the bathroom of my apartment outside Chicago, about to hop in the shower, when I heard the phone ring and then my husband call my name.“It’s Roger from the desk,” he said, sleepily, invoking the name of the morning assignment editor at the Chicago Sun-Times where I was a reporter at the time.I padded down the hallway in my pajamas to the living room and picked up the phone.“How quickly can you get down here,” Roger asked.“I dunno … [Read more...]

Welcome home. The Dude is in.

Hiya folks.Welcome to The Dude's new home and the official Headquarters of God Girl Escapades and the unofficial West Coast recruiting office of the Communion of Sinnerly Saints.My previous Blogger blogs — The Dude Abides, Vasco's Heart and Becoming Family — are now fully nested here. You can find older posts from those historical blogs under their eponymous "Categories" labels.With the start of my boy Vasco's new school year on September 7, I intend to be posting here regularly with … [Read more...]

A Sort of Homecoming:God Girl returns to Chicago 4/29Hey all in Chicago and environs:Join me at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at St. James Cathedral (Huron and Wabash in Chicago) for the inaugural address of the new "Consider This ..." series, sponsored by the Sunday Evening Club, The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Seabury-Western Seminary and St. James Cathedral.I'll be talking about grace and will be interviewed by my esteemed colleague and friend, Manya "The Seeker" Brachear of the Chicago … [Read more...]