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!
Posted on May 6th, 2013 in disabilities
, Mother's Day
, Speak Up storytelling
This is the story I told at this past weekend’s inaugural Speak Up storytelling event in Hartford. In my next email newsletter, I will include a link to the Speak Up podcast, which includes my telling this story to a live audience (with considera...
Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in adoption
, Down syndrome
, gender selection
, Jennifer Gilmore
, KJ Dell'Antonia
, Lauren Apfel
, No Easy Choice
, prenatal testing
, reproductive technology
, The Atlantic Sexes
Jennifer Gilmore’s story is enough to scare anyone away from open adoption. (It also provides the best supporting evidence ever for my contention that “Why don’t you just adopt?” might be one of the stupidest questions known to huma...
Three autumns ago, I walked into a radiologist’s office after a follow-up mammogram. He pointed to my films on a computer screen, and before he spoke, I knew I had cancer. I saw the trouble clearly—a cluster of opaque white dots in the upper po...
Posted on Apr 30th, 2013 in books
, Christian responses to suffering
, Kate Atkinson
, LIfe After Life
Questions around suffering and pain are stock in trade for me as a writer. I know that I can’t stand most Christian justifications (i.e., bullshit) for why terrible things happen. I know that even well-thought-out theological arguments around ho...
Posted on Apr 29th, 2013 in attribution
, Candy Land
, Cinderella Ate My Daughter
, journalistic standards
, Peggy Orenstein
, Rachel Marie Stone
, textual criticism
On Saturday, Jana Riess posted a piece on her Religion News Service blog raising questions about whether, in a recent blog post about the feminization and sexualization of characters in the Candy Land board game, writer Peggy Orenstein used images and ...
Posted on Apr 25th, 2013 in acupuncture
, and Suffering
, Andrew Solomon
, anti-inflammatory diet
, Far from the Tree
, Nicholas Wolsterstorff
, Stanley Hauerwas
A few weeks ago, I took a detour from my naturopathy focus to go see my orthopedist. My right knee (which I still thought of as my “good” knee, because unlike the other knee, it has never needed surgery) had become very painful, and I wante...