Tamara Lunardo

I write the blog Tamara Out Loud. Be warned: I talk about Jesus and I use grownup words. If you're offended by either, mine might not be the blog for you. Then again, maybe it really is.

Words That Just Make Everyone Uncomfortable

I love words; I really do. The right words in the right hands can give expression to the part of man that mirrors God. But some words are just incurably, gratuitously dumb. ...more

"Awesome" has been taking some heat in the comments, but I like it a lot too!

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Piercing My Nose. Or Not.

This was going to be a story of feminism and self-ownership: The search for my nose began as a child. Mine was round and very unlike my mother's regal Roman nose. My birth father was long gone, but old photographs bore evidence of a nose bent and flattened from repeated breaking, a hazard of soccer and Spanish blood run hot. My nose did not have the narrow British look of my grandmother's nor the prominent Italian bulge of my grandfather's. It had no match, no ancestry, no belonging. ...more

You're right-- I can. But I won't. :)more

Dear Santa: A Parent's Un-wish List

Dear Santa, Some time in the next few days, you will receive a letter detailing an extensive list of wishes from my children. Before acting on it in any manner, please carefully consider my preemptive list of un-wishes. ...more

My son received the game Battleship for Christmas. I've already lost count of how many of those ...more

Lessons Learned from a First Year of Blogging

I set out to write a blog that was truly candid, but that meant taking risks with where my audience might draw lines, and as I said above, I only started giving a slightly smaller shit what people though t-- I didn't quit caring altogether. So one of the most freeing things I've learned is that, although I keep them in mind, my audience doesn't shape my writing -- I do. ...more

I too am coming up on my 1st year anniversary of blogging and found myself smiling and nodding ...more

This Isn't Your Grandma's Christian Blog

Last month the blogger behind "Stuff Christians Like" asked his readers to share what they thought were the best Christian blogs. Some of the responses were the names of (relatively, in the Christian blogging community) high-profile blogs, some were of much smaller blogs, and several were flat-out self-promotions. It probably won’t surprise you, but not one of them was my blog. ...more
Writing is a talent that God has given to all of us. Everyone can write and make a blog but only ...more

Strong Words: What I Said to a Cop and Why

I decided to take a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class with my friend Jen because it sounded like a good idea and it was free. (You can get me to do almost anything if you entice me with "free." I was raised by the cheapest people on earth.) In the first segment of the class we had some discussion, and I mentioned that I was a "survivor." ...more

Right on-- strength comes in many forms. more

More Than Three Kids: Am I A Zealot or Whore? A Quiz

Evidently, my family planning has become a matter of public concern. I had thought for some time that it was just between Bryan and me, with a little divine direction here and there. But there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. ...more

My kids are 13 months apart, and I was showing with the second one at around 5 months. So the ...more