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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This Post is Definitely, Absolutely, Positively Not About Mike Pence

  I don’t normally jump on the latest topic that’s flying around on social media. And I’m not going to jump on Mike Pence. (I mean. I’m a pacifist. Jumping on people is frowned upon.) What I do want to talk about is something I’ve mostly seen people talk around instead of about. Some people believe that men and women should never be alone together. That…

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An Online Conversation With My 17-Year-Old Self

In 1998—the era of screeching modems and dial-up speeds we thought were lightning fast—I was one of a few people I knew who had a home internet connection and their own website. When Geocities closed down, I thought my teenage website was gone forever, but thanks to Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine, it’s still out there, kicking it late-90s style. I was an opinionated little thing…

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