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What color did you see?  The latest Internet sensation—asking what color #thedress was—had everyone chiming in. People were stunned that what they saw was not what their family and friends saw. How could you not see what I see, whether it was black and blue, white and gold, or some other color variation? Scientists explained the phenomenon. It has to do with light and reflection and how your brain processes it. Apparently we all see color slightly differently—but this one... Read More
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Dear Mamas of little ones, I sat behind you in church this week. I saw you struggle with holding two kiddos because the one in your arms wasn’t happy when another one wanted to join. I saw your son completely messing up your hair. I saw you and your husband hand the toddler (who had a cold) back and forth because he couldn’t decide which lap he liked best. I saw the look on your face as you jumped up... Read More
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Christian blogger Veronica Partridge never expected she’d strike a chord for a blog post about leggings, but when the post went viral, she ended up on Good Morning America. In her post “Why I Chose to No Longer Wear Leggings,” Veronica, a young mom and wife, says that she decided to stop wearing leggings in public after a conversation with her husband. Despite being a godly man, he admitted it’s almost impossible not to look when another woman sports skintight... Read More
Race: the rawest nerve
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“Race, the Rawest Nerve” was the title of a series in my hometown paper some years ago. Race-based slavery is the most shameful part of our nation’s history, and racial disparities in American life may still be the rawest nerve in our political and cultural life today. This week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest events in America’s raw racial history—the assassination of Malcolm X. Malcolm grew up in a Baptist family, converted to the Nation of... Read More
Blaming Women?
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My blog post from a couple weeks ago drew quite a bit of comment, some of it critical. After reading the comments, I realize that I have left some completely erroneous impressions, ideas directly contrary to my intent and beliefs. Let me speak to these issues again in greater depth and, I hope, greater clarity. There is absolutely no excuse, ever, for rape or forced sexual behavior of any kind. Ever. Males who do this should be punished to the... Read More
No shades of grey
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The Fifty Shades of Grey movie just came out in theaters this weekend, grossing an estimated $94,400,000 (Grey being the last name of the main character). Maybe you’ve already seen it, or maybe you’re still deciding. When the book first came out a few years ago, I resisted reading it for quite a while until I felt left out of conversation and my curiosity got the best of me. I checked it out from the library and almost immediately opened it, right to... Read More
The vax wars
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My heart hurts. While the frenzied vaccine debate rages on social media, people who love Jesus are making comments that leave me almost speechless. It’s easy enough to find really spiteful ones, but I’m sharing only the mild ones here: “People who don’t vaccinate are stupid.” “People who vaccinate are blindly doing what they’re told.”  “Vaccinate your child or we can’t be friends.”  “Can we please just have a child care center for only unvaccinated children?” Whether you are a... Read More
Valentines for grown-ups
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Valentine’s Day in elementary school was one of the most-anticipated days of every school year. I am not the type to hold onto a lot of things for sentimental value, but I still have my Valentine mailbox from fourth grade. It was a shoe box I decorated so carefully at home with all the craftiness I could muster, complete with an opening cut in the top (which I’m sure my mom probably cut out for me). I still remember my... Read More
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From pajama and teddy bear commercials to mommy porn masquerading as romance, the world is extremely busy right now selling its version of love. In my pretty-opinionated opinion, the world is wrong, and too many people are left feeling lonely and empty because their relationships don’t look like what they see on the screen. Here are three steps to help rebuild the connection in your relationship or to simply keep it strong. Take however long you need to show what true... Read More
Boys will be girls
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Mount Holyoke College, located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, is renowned for its pioneering emphasis on women’s education in America. Founded in 1837, it was the first of the “Seven Sisters” historically women’s colleges. Although its beginning was not denominationally linked, it had a strongly biblical character. Students were required to attend church services, chapel talks, prayer meetings, and Bible study groups. It had a decades-long history of its alumnae serving as foreign missionaries or missionaries’ wives. Not anymore. As have... Read More