Fighting back against spanking

[Trigger warning: spanking, child abuse.] Someone found my blog recently by searching for "fought back against spanking" and that hit me hard. Whoever you are, I want to give you a hug. You're not alone. The memories triggered by that phrase aren't pleasant. In some ways, I realize I'm reliving the feelings of utter helplessness, … Continue reading Fighting back against spanking

Displaced

I've avoided saying these words to myself for a long time, but it's really the most accurate description: When I was 12, my family moved from California to the east coast to join a cult. I haven't felt at home anywhere since. *** There were other factors, of course. Economy, family ideals for finding a … Continue reading Displaced

Lonely

I often struggle with jealousy. I go to a wedding where the couple is wholeheartedly celebrated by their parents on both sides, and I feel small and petty watching them from the sidelines as they make toasts and can't say enough positive things about their children. I would hear friends talk about how restful their … Continue reading Lonely

Commonplace Links 11/2

This week's collection is a little more light and brief than the last few have been. Enjoy! Joy Bennett writes on "all you need is Christ" and the inherent Gnosticism in that idea. I get so excited when other bloggers discover the significance of embodiment and the incarnation! One blogger writes on why complementarians as … Continue reading Commonplace Links 11/2

Why I Make Food An Issue [guest post]

Marianne is one of the most interesting people I have ever met, and I'm excited to have her do a guest post! She graduated from my alma mater some years before I came through, and is still a legend in the English department, especially because of her play interpretation of Till We Have Faces (which I … Continue reading Why I Make Food An Issue [guest post]

Place and food

"Like industrial sex, industrial eating has become a degraded, poor, and paltry thing. Our kitchens and other eating places more and more resemble filling stations, as our homes more and more resemble motels." - Wendell Berry, "The Pleasures of Eating" One afternoon during college,  a professor was lecturing on the idea that college is a … Continue reading Place and food

Commonplace Links 10/26

Here's your week's list of reads. Discuss in the comments if something rubs you wrong or you're curious about why I chose to feature a piece. Some politician named Mourdock made a statement that, out of context, was highly offensive to feminists/rape victims. Basically he believes that Babies = Gift From God, so he assumes … Continue reading Commonplace Links 10/26

Commonplace Links

Have you heard of a "commonplace book"? It's an old idea, and has been most recently resurrected by hipsters bearing Moleskines. Basically, it's a notebook full of  accumulated everyday notes - your shopping list, a quote from the book you're reading, the recipe copied from your mom's cookbook, a sketch from the metro of the … Continue reading Commonplace Links