The Book of Mormon Girl

I finally read The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve been meaning to for awhile now.  I think I was avoiding it because I knew it’d make me face some things.  I was right....more
I think when faith makes a transition to institution, we're all in trouble because everything ...more

You Want to Judge Me?

I was in the grocery store this morning with my 1 and 2 year old children, and I was TOTALLY judged by another woman. I am not going to tell you the details as they are not really pertinent to the act of the  judgement itself. Honestly, my first emotions were of embarrassment, hurt, and then arrow piercing fury. I immediately left the store without saying anything to the woman (which was a good thing at that point) and when I was putting my children back in their car seats Mary, mother of Jesus, popped in my mind. Pretty random huh?...more

Freedom of Spe- Hate?

Hate.  It is in our world and it’s not going away.  As a person who loves yellow, the sun, smiley faces, love, hugs, kisses, and other “Life is Good” ideas, the hate is getting to me, I mean, REALLY getting to me....more

Are We All Your People? A Look at the Wisconsin Shooting.

I am an American Sikh, however I wasn't going to write anything about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin because I didn't think I had anything original or new to say. And I don't.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything that many of you have not already thought, and even put into words....more

Reverend James Nash warns Pastors against building large houses of worship fear it leads to greed

Many people know Rev. James Nash as the outspoken member of Ministers Against Crime in Houston and his extensive community outreach for the homeless orchestrated at his local church Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist in Houston, Texas. Now he is speaking out about his discontent for Pastors who aspire to build mega churches as if God will not dwell  inside a small house of worship.Rev. James is referring to the case of Bishop David A. and First Lady Bridget Montgomery of Restoration Temple Church of God in Christ located in North Houston....more

I don't believe in god, but if I did, I bet I know where I'd find him.

Today, I swam. Out past that point where the waves break on the shore. Out, even, past that point where the waves suck you toward them before they build to their crests. I was out in it, and it's different out there when you are closer to the buoys than you are to the beach. I'll tell you how I see it:...more

Milk and Honey

This post originally posted at I plunge my hand down into the blue plastic bathtub and pull the plug.  Tepid water drains from the tub into the sink.  Down the hall, I can hear my husband teasing my baby son about his long legs as he slips his diaper on, then his pajamas.  I bend down to mop up the water from the floor, and my husband’s voice drifts into the kitchen....more

WWJD Part II - The Day the Shamanic Priestess Came to Lunch

My husband and I joined a Christian writers group many years ago. The group was known by an acronym: ECRU - Effingham Christian 'Riters United. A friend of ours started it and I can really credit him (and his very supportive wife) with giving my writing career wings. It was the first forum in which I received feedback for my writing. I've been addicted pretty much ever since....more

Just When Your Faith In People Is Fading

Just when your faith in people is fading, something extraordinary happens to renew it. My husband and I stopped on the way home to get a few grocery items. We had been gone all day and we were all tired and our 4 year old was acting cranky. My husband gave me the keys and I proceeded to take our four year old to the car while my husband waited in the long checkout lane. ...more