Portals of Water and Wine by R.L. Haas {Cover Reveal!}

So. It's been a little while hasn't it, dear blog reader? And perhaps it seems to return (maybe?) from my writing sojourn with a post about someone else's book ....more

Somewhere Between Water and Sky {A Book Launch + Giveaway!}

I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin.If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists.Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake.And every single one of my tears could fill a book.But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude ....more

Love, Unqualified -- Part 2

(find part 1 here.)We love.We love.We love, without condition, without a "but you," without excuse....more

Love, Unqualified

The lines are drawn, "in" versus "out" made excruciatingly clear, and we dare to call this love.We have forgotten how to love one another without lines, without boundaries, without exception.Instead, we have made enemies of the "other" -- which is really just another way of saying that we have made enemies of each other.We all can recognize the pick-up lines, the ones that say that none is unlovable, none is without value -- and then we turn around and refuse to love, refuse to value:You are respected -- unless you are poor.You are trustworthy -- unless you are Black.You are wanted -- unless you are gay.You are valued -- unless you are female.You are our brothers and sisters -- unless you are not Christian.You are a beloved part of our global community -- unless you are not Western."We love because [God] first loved us" -- unless we don't like you or we fear you or we feel uncomfortable to any degree for any reason when we are forced to breathe the same air as you.This is the kind of "love" I see pouring out across the lands, the kind that [religious] leaders not only either ignore or allow but often promote. In versus out. Us versus them ....more

The Lingering Silence

I sit here and stare into white and wonder what words to fill this empty expanse with....more

When Empathy Will Save the World {Thoughts on #Ferguson}

I couldn't think of anything but Ferguson this week....more

Sex and Marriage: Thoughts on Waiting

I am angry.This is a portrait of the woman, angry.Because I was made certain promises, promises that did not come through.Because every day I hear of more and more people who were handed those same broken promises.Or -- dare I say it -- the same lies.And I am angry.I wonder if you will be angry, too. * * * I trusted. This is a portrait of the girl, trusting those words spoken by others as certainty....more

When We are Wanted

When you spend long enough doing a certain thing, no matter what it is, I think, you put down roots....more

Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
Jeana theempressandthefool You might go back and read my comment again to see that I am a ...more

Spotlight Interview at Story Sessions!

Today I'm getting interviewed over at Story Sessions, regarding the release of The Light Between Us....more