Starship Captains and Dinosaurs

A fundamentalist Christian family is a hard place for a woman to grow up.  I was taught by my parents (and, more urgently, by all the books available to me) that a woman’s place is in the home.  A woman’s highest calling is marriage and child-rearing.  All of my talents and abilities and dreams could…

Everything Is About Class

Recently, I’ve been getting into this band called “The Indelicates.”  When I say “getting into,” I mean playing their music over and over until my roommate wishes I would listen to anything else, and dropping all my birthday money on ordering their CDs, because though an mp3 copy is cheaper, it’s not a physical copy…

What Women See In the Mirror

I have a picture in my head of what I wish I looked like – my ideal self.  Every time I look in the mirror, I turn this way and that, hoping that at the right angle my real self will look like my ideal self.  Even though I normally am very satisfied with how I…

The Importance Of Telling Your Own Story

Story-telling is one of the most powerful forms of sharing truth known to humankind.    A story can contain so many different kinds of truth.  A story sticks in the mind longer than a syllogism or a propositional truth claim.  And the thing about stories is, we all have one. Sometimes it takes courage to tell…

Living on Purpose

I thought long and hard about my first tattoo.  I got it about a year and a half ago, a simple script across my right arm reading “Life is Beautiful.” I’ve already told most people the story behind the specific phrase.  It’s part of a longer quote penned by a Jewish woman during the Holocaust:…