Speaking up

By |2011-10-17T20:30:28-05:00October 17th, 2011|

Poet Muriel Rukeyser concluded one of her powerful poems about women and art by writing these oft-quoted words: "What would happen in one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." [...]

Not a farm wife…

By |2011-09-20T18:05:49-05:00September 20th, 2011|

Just a helpful warning: the quickest way to poison your creativity and hush your voice is to wander into the miry clay of comparison. I'm blogging at Redbud Writers Guild today. Here's a taste of [...]

Telling our stories

By |2018-03-02T19:00:12-06:00September 2nd, 2011|

Last night my 17-year-old daughter and I drove to Chicago’s west side. In East Garfield Park, one of the city’s grittier neighborhoods, we drive slow down Carroll Avenue. In the dusk, small children play in [...]

The Simple Compassion Challenge

By |2018-03-02T19:02:06-06:00January 9th, 2010|

This month, we're asking readers to perform one act of Simple compassion each week, and to tell us about it. You can watch my YouTube video explaining the challenge here. Each week, you pray, asking [...]

What can I do?

By |2018-03-02T19:02:22-06:00December 10th, 2009|

It's 2 degrees here, with howling winds that drive the windchill well below zero. I am inconvenienced by such weather--car doors freeze shut, roads are a bit slick. But I slept in a warm bed. [...]

Punishing the victim

By |2009-10-13T13:25:06-05:00October 13th, 2009|

Interesting front page article in the Chicago Tribune today about a woman who was evicted after she called the police to report that her live-in boyfriend had threatened her with a gun. The woman was [...]

Baptists and women, part 2

By |2018-03-02T19:03:03-06:00July 22nd, 2009|

If a man beats his wife, does she still have to stay and submit? Rick Warren's Southern Baptist church has been accused of saying yes. For the record, I contacted Saddleback, and they said they would [...]

Carter steps out of Southern Baptist camp

By |2009-07-20T17:15:38-05:00July 20th, 2009|

Interesting news item today about former President Jimmy Carter announcing that he is leaving the Southern Baptist church because of its stance on women. I don't agree with everything Jimmy Carter believes, but I think he's [...]

Gifted for leadership

By |2009-01-03T11:23:02-06:00January 3rd, 2009|

I'm posting today at Gifted for Leadership, a blog for Christian women leaders, published by Christianity Today. Please visit and leave a comment! You can read my column, "the Rested Leader," here.

Six degrees of…

By |2008-12-16T09:43:47-06:00December 16th, 2008|

My children scampered out to the bus stop this morning, bundled (as least as much as you can bundle a teenager -- which is not much, actually) against the cold. It was six degrees out. [...]

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