Monthly Archives: December 2013

#PlanetCCM: War songs

“What would people say if they knew that you’re a Jesus freak / What would people do if they knew that it’s you?” — DC Talk, “Jesus Freak” Once I started, after that fateful Jaci Velasquez album, listening to contemporary Christian music, I learned quickly how divisive music can be within evangelicalism. Not because of […]

#PlanetCCM: Does this nonconformity make me look cool?

At my 11th birthday party, I unwrapped my very first CD. I’d had a few tapes before (shout-out to my beloved green Lion King soundtrack!), listened to my parents’ old Simon & Garfunkel and Emmylou Harris albums, and flipped through the radio a bit, but this was the first time I had personally owned what […]

when the rivers run with ice

When the rivers run with ice, I feel it in my bones. It feels like grief. Like a gasping for breath. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices                                           For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn Some days are heavy. Some days need scraped away like windshield frost. Some days come […]

Thoughts from an unintentional apostate

Some terms defined: When I use “homeschooling” or “movement” in this post, I am referring to the prevalent fundamentalist Christian segment of homeschooling. This is less a discussion about education regulations and child abuse than it is about the kind of communal expectations that I and many others experienced as homeschooled kids. I didn’t know, […]

What I’m Into: November (lots of cats apparently)

LIFE aka WRITING November was a weird month. I spent most of my free time in coffee shops writing, or reading Twitter while pretending to write, thanks to NaNoWriMo. I didn’t even write all that many words, certainly not 50,000. I didn’t calculate the final total, but the novel & outline words probably added up […]