Category Archives: Personal Stories

How It Might Have Gone (My Universalist Dream Ballet Version of the Brett Kavanaugh Senate Hearings)

I was imagining all day yesterday how it might have gone. I keep thinking of it like my Universalist-Dream-Ballet version of the horrifying/captivating Senate Hearings. That is, a version of events fueled by my most idealistic notions of redemption and reconciliation.  And, … Continue reading

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The Plunge

When I was a kid, some of my friends had a cabin on a lake, where just off to the side there was a place you could go, and jump off the ledge into the water below.  I’d watched my friends … Continue reading

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TMI

There was a period of time, when my kids were young, when a good number of people I’ve never met knew more about my kids than many of my close friends. These people knew a little about me, too, that … Continue reading

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Queering Gender

I was only seven, and already I got that it made no sense.  More than anything that year, I wanted to carry the cross up the center aisle, or at least a candle – I wanted to go in front … Continue reading

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Invisible Partners

We had been hiking straight up hill for nearly two hours.  Unlike the day before, it was sunny, not raining – but the remnants of the rain were everywhere – mud, and deep crevices along the trail, trees fallen along … Continue reading

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Anger, Love, and the Hope for Change

For a month about simplicity (our church monthly theme), the current cultural moment is anything but simple. Since the news broke on Sunday about the terrible shooting in Orlando, I’ve been back and forth with all sorts of emotions: angry, sad, … Continue reading

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Share Your Shame Stories – Just Not With Everyone

I’m not telling any secrets when I say that my mom can’t keep any secrets.  One our favorite family stories is about the time that she had a somewhat embarrassing medical issue, and upon its discovery she told us, “I … Continue reading

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