On Sex and the Church

On Sex and the Church

A little over two years ago I got the chance to participate in an open-mic type reading at the Southern Book Festival. A writer friend of mine had organized it, and I read a non-fiction piece I wrote about my tenth anniversary, sexuality, and body issues. The piece was a little humorous and little serious. It took a lot of guts to get up in front of people and talkĀ about such topics. Yet it doesn't surprise me that I felt more comfortable talking about those things in that context than I do in…Read more …

Take the Selfie and Love It: On Being Thirty-Six

All week I've been trying to take a selfie that shows off my new red hair, but every time I take one, I'm unhappy with it. I see wrinkles around my mouth and eyes and on my forehead. I see skin that is too shiny and a chin that is sagging. I see chubby cheeks and teeth that aren't white enough and a complexion that's too white. I look at myself and think: I am aging. But when I think a little more about being in my mid-thirties, I realize: I'm having a…Read more …
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: On Absence and Rebirth

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: On Absence and Rebirth

So I didn't know it until I was perusing Facebook this afternoon, but today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I didn't even know such a thing existed. But I'm glad it does. The terrible thing about pregnancy loss is the absence of a person who was wanted. Many times, a mother never gets to hold her child. Or sometimes mothers hold their stillborn babies for a short time, trying to imagine their breaths, their life. Time brings you to due dates and birthdays and first days of school and all those…Read more …
What I’m Into – Summer Edition

What I’m Into – Summer Edition

I haven't linked up with Leigh Kramer's What I'm Into monthly link-up in a while, so I am just going to make this a "summer" edition rather than just "August" edition. Books As usual, I read a ton of books this summer. Here are my favorites: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie This was a story about a young Nigerian teenager. The story touched on issues like economic status, religious fanaticism, and abuse. However, the author skillfully wove those dark subjects into a hopeful coming of age story. I really like this author!…Read more …

The Girl Who Wanted to Be a Missionary

When I read Amy Lepine Peterson's post about her favorite childhood missionary book this week, I had to pull this book from my bookcase and dust it off. The Girl Who Wanted to be a Missionary was part of the Church of the Nazarene's Caravans program, which was sort of like Christian Boy/Girl scouts. It was also part of the Children's Mission Curriculum. The fact that I still have means it is pretty important. I remember it being one of my favorite books as a kid. I re-read the book last night. It…Read more …