Mandatory Year-end Blog Post 2017

  Well, hot dang, y’all. I finished my memoir this year. It’ll be available in January 2018. I actually started working on it during Lent of 2015, so I’ve been working on this for over three years. That was a long three years. I’m really excited to finally be done. Well, done with this book. I’m just getting started on a novel. Earlier this year,…

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We Don’t Want to Believe Someone We Like is a Predator

Why is it so hard to believe someone we like is a predator? When we hear a report of predatory behavior about someone we know, our immediate reaction is usually, “What? Him? Not him. I like him.” Maybe it’s a celebrity you’ve been following for years. Maybe it’s a well-respected member of your congregation. Maybe it’s your best friend. We just can’t believe it. And…

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Domestic Violence Isn’t the Victim’s Problem. It’s OUR Problem.

I don’t think I need to explain how horrified I was Sunday when I heard about the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. But I’m not just horrified. I’m angry too. We know there’s a link between domestic violence and mass shootings. But when most of us think about domestic violence, we think of it as not-my-problem. If I’m not being hit, why should I care?…

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Waiting Around (Again)

This is part of the synchroblog on waiting, to celebrate the release of Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay by Tanya Marlow – out now. See more here and link up to the synchroblog here. The other day, I sighed and told my sister, “Things are going too well lately.” Which sounds like a stupid thing to complain about (and I might have a skewed view…

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Why Did I Write a Memoir?

Before I get into this, I want to congratulate Tanya Marlow. Her new book, Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay, launched today. So I bet you can guess what I’ll be reading tonight. I’ll have some exciting book announcement stuff of my own coming soon (I want to make a video for that, but I honestly just don’t feel like putting on…

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Wonder Woman: Let’s Talk About That No Man’s Land Scene

Spoiler Alert (But, for real, just go watch the movie.) I’ve wanted to write something about Wonder Woman, but I decided to wait a while. Well, it’s been a while, so let’s dig into the No Man’s Land scene. Now, I don’t cry during movies (unless it’s Shadow returning home at the end of Homeward Bound because that old dog coming up over the hill makes me cry every…

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How to Identify Venomous Snakes

Image credit: flickr: Annie Chartrand I run faster than a snake flies. But only sometimes. A rat snake pinwheels, open-mouthed, through the air. Jessica screams. I want to scream too, but if I open my mouth, I might get a mouthful of snake. It arcs and falls, smacking my bare legs. The freckled boy whoops it up, and Jessica screams, “Run!” As I turn, another…

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Two Mennonites Walk Into a Catholic Literary Gathering…

  Full disclosure: Neither of us are actually Mennonites anymore. Sometimes we just pretend to be for the pie. A few months ago, my friend, Timothy Putnam, gave me a head’s up about the Trying to Say “God” conference. (I’ve got to give him credit here because I usually just give him a lot of crap and nonsense.) Even though I’m not exactly Catholic (I’m not exactly…

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How to Help a Friend Who is Being Stalked

Take it seriously. The first thing you have to understand is that stalking is a pattern of behavior, not a one-time incident. Your friend may tell you she’s afraid because her stalker left dead flowers on her porch. That may sound minor to you, but what you don’t know is that her stalker has also been calling just to wake her up every night at…

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