Church Dread & Reclaiming My Faith

I can almost pinpoint the moment I decided that church was no longer for me. I was sixteen and sitting at a table in the same room where our girls' youth group met every Monday evening. And I was listening to a visiting priest explain why homosexual behavior was sinful. Not homosexual feelings, mind you … Continue reading Church Dread & Reclaiming My Faith

I’d Rather Be at Home (& other reasons I cancelled those plans…)

"I'm so sorry - I'm feeling a little sick." "No, I forgot I made plans already! Rain check?" "Oh, shoot! That was tonight? I completely spaced, and I'm out of town!" For a good many years, I was the master of the elaborate excuse. While I can't say I'm particularly proud of it, I must … Continue reading I’d Rather Be at Home (& other reasons I cancelled those plans…)

I Had to Go Through the Wrong Ones to Be Ready for the Right One

Last weekend, I had dinner with a group of friends from college, and it was wonderful. Dinner, to us, means everybody brings a dish, picks their poison, and gabs for about eight hours straight about everything and nothing. Dinner means there's an extra friend hiding in the basement meant as a surprise for the rest … Continue reading I Had to Go Through the Wrong Ones to Be Ready for the Right One

You Don’t Need a Drill (or Even an Hour) for These 5 DIY Projects

Listen, I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty. If I can change my own oil and clean up my own child's vomit, I promise you, I can handle a toolbox. But here's the deal. I really don't want to. It's not an everyday happiness for me, because... well... I just don't feel like yanking … Continue reading You Don’t Need a Drill (or Even an Hour) for These 5 DIY Projects

7 Children’s Books that Teach What We Should Have Been Learning All Along

It's happened. I've officially crossed the threshold into grouchy grown-up. I never thought I'd be here, and wow, is this weird, but here I am. I am standing in my kitchen, throwing together what I can for dinner when I hear something ridiculous and uneducational coming from the television, and I think to myself, "What … Continue reading 7 Children’s Books that Teach What We Should Have Been Learning All Along

We Don’t Buy Bread: A Crusade for Happy Eating & Gentler Consumption

As I sit to write this, my kitchen is full of the smell of mushrooms, garlic, onions, and yeast. God, I love the smell of yeast. Good thing, too, given how often I go through it. This morning's loaf is a stuffed mushroom and herb bread in anticipation of the bruschetta I'm planning for dinner tonight. We'll … Continue reading We Don’t Buy Bread: A Crusade for Happy Eating & Gentler Consumption

The Woman Soldier’s Daughter

Growing up, I was under no impression at all that my upbringing was even the slightest bit unique. I went to school, I looked after my brothers, I disliked lima beans. Nothing unusual to my way of thinking. Breakfast was typically cereal, and mom was normally either out the door as we were or already … Continue reading The Woman Soldier’s Daughter

8 Incredible Books You Can Finish in a Weekend (or even the better part of an afternoon)

Tricky, isn't it? Making time for a healthy dose of literature is near to impossible with the mountain of other things to get done. I'll be the first to admit how easy it is to ignore my need for words on paper in favor of another episode of my newest Netflix obsession and half a bowl of guacamole. 

I Read Too Much Smut & It Taught Me to Love My Body

I am constantly reading. I love short books, long books, new books, and old books. I love realist and surrealist books. I love historical books, contemporary books, and time-hopping books. I have often bonded with fellow bookworms over the fortitude to not only bring a book in my bag wherever I go, but to have … Continue reading I Read Too Much Smut & It Taught Me to Love My Body

Bisexuality and Unexpected Pregnancy

Fighting bi-erasure gets even trickier after you've given birth. Bisexual (adj): sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; attracted to both men and women Pansexual (adj): not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity If we're going to be accurate about this, I'm actually pansexual, but … Continue reading Bisexuality and Unexpected Pregnancy