Don't mess with Mama (Blogging my book idea)

I've had a book idea rummaging around in my head for about a year now. I even went so far as to create a book proposal (grueling work!) and send it to four Christian literary agents. The two agents that responded to me said, Important topic, excellent writing, tight market, please don't give up. Translation: no. Yet, God didn't remove the thoughts from my head. No, She (God, that is) moved things around a bit and kept the call to write the book on my heart....more

When Mom is mostly gone

Below is a potential excerpt of my memoir-in-progress.  The Present title is Labor Pains: Breaking Generational Patterns by Healing Maternal Wounds....more

What the Aurora, CO and Penn State football tragedies have in common

God warned us about this.God warned us that things would go terribly awry when humanity takes their eyes off of her/him...more

Arise, lionesses, and roar

What on earth is going on?There seems to be an outbreak of blatant misogyny.  I feel as if I'm in a twilight zone of female dissing. Neither church nor state nor internet are immune. In the past three months alone in the United States ......more

American Nuns vs. the Vatican (my money is on the sisters)

My head and heart have been reeling about the news that has been circulating about the Vatican's recent crack down on American nuns. I was hoping that if I went to bed and woke up the next morning that I'd realize the whole thing was just an unfortunate nightmare.  Alas, that is simply not the case.  Such a nightmare would have been a blessing compared to reality....more

Mother's Day Theology

Mother’s Day, it seems, has become a sacred festival.  Not many churches across our country fail at least to mention mothers on “their day”, which is this Sunday.  Many churches have mothers and motherhood as the theme of worship and the sermon. Odes to Mom are shared.  Special music is played, often accompanying a slide show of pictures that make everyone cry.  And Proverbs 31 is read – at least verses 28-29 that mention a mother’s children and husband praising her....more
 @Isabel_Anders  Thanks, Isabel!  It's nice to meet another Julian lover! :)more

Junior Seau: How Far is Too Far

I don't have anything brilliant to say. As a matter of fact I'm relatively speechless. I just saw on ESPN a brief clip of Junior Seau's funeral, followed by a discussion on concussions in the NFL. The TV was muted, so I don't know what was said. But the juxtaposition of the images spoke volumes....more

You is kind...You is smart...You is important

My phone rang.  On the other line was a friend of mine, asking me to come talk to her this afternoon.  "It'll only take about 10 minutes then you can go on about your day," she said kindly.  Despite what I know of my friend (to be loving, supporting and gentle in her communication), I plunged into one of my all-too-familiar shame contractions....more

Been There...It's Still Holding Me Back

I am writing a book.  I feel the need to pinch myself when I say or type these words. The professional writing life has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember....more

Book Review: "My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back"

"Just who do you think you are?" sneers an all too familiar voice.  "Who do you think you are to live your dream? to share your knowledge on a subject legitimated by your education, publications and talents? to be true to yourself? to say no to someone other than your children?" We recognize the questions because they hit us regularly like unmerciful waves. And the voice?...more