Parenthood, disability, ethics, and the crooked way of grace
Explore this site to learn more about me and my writing, follow links to articles and blog posts I have written, learn more about the book, see my schedule of upcoming speaking engagements, and contact me. I blog regularly at Patheos, a web portal focused on religion and spirituality. Below are snippets from my recent blog posts; please click through to read more and to comment. Thanks for visiting!
In the face of entrenched prejudice and misunderstanding about disabilities and the people who live with them, we have to start somewhere. I’ve chosen to start by telling my story, with its contradictions, over and over and over.
Me Before You tells three particularly damaging stories about life with a disability.
We can choose to harness history's power—the power of the stories we tell—to claim hope and love as things that last, as the things that matter. We can choose to tell the better stories. And if we are fighting to make space for the better stories amid the bad news, if we are too sad or too angry to tell the stories ourselves, we listen to those who tell them for us.
Posted on May 9th, 2016 in chronic pain
, David A. Kessler
, Jan Hoffman
, New York Times
, Will Hutton
On April 21, when my alarm clock radio blasted “Raspberry Beret” at 5:30 a.m., I let it play for a minute before turning the radio off. The familiar tune was an unexpectedly pleasant start to my day. Several hours later, I learned that Prince, the musical genius behind that song and so many others, was [Read More...]
Posted on May 3rd, 2016 in calling
, Holy Spirit
If God isn’t going to speak to me with a voice or in a dream or the clear movement of the Spirit, my gut is all I’ve got.
The birds are trying to tell me something. If only I could figure out what. I have a thing for birds, live ones and otherwise. I drink my coffee every morning out of a chickadee mug—my favorite from the set of four bird mugs my husband gave me for Christmas. When I’m browsing for goods [Read More...]