Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, I am a writer, lawyer, wife, mother of two, hack philosopher and sometimes Sunday school teacher in a vibrant, mainline, PC-USA congregation in North Carolina. I contributed to the second book in the Chalice Press “Banned Questions” series, Banned Questions about Jesus, edited by Christian Piatt and Renew 52: 52 Theologians under 50 on Revitalizing the Church. I also write fiction, poetry, and I am forever working on a novel based loosely on my grandmother and biological grandfather’s tragic love story–ripped from the pages of the diaries she left me. The working title of the novel is Girl, Resurrected.
I believe in the power of the written word to illuminate the truth both for the reader and the writer. I write because I seek truth–in my life and in the world around me. I write because writing helps me make sense of my experience of the world. I write because I have to. Living without writing doesn’t work for me.
I started this blog over three years ago in the hopes that it would be a conversation. Writing is solitary work. I wanted to know what other people think about what goes on in the world. It has surpassed my wildest dreams. For that, I am immensely thankful.
I find myself coming back to some common themes. My children are adopted and adoption, especially transracial adoption fascinates me. American’s obsession with race in general perplexes and troubles me. I am a progressive Christian and I write a lot about God as I understand that term. I am political. I love words. I love the shape and the sound of them and how the right one can change everything.
I have been told I am irreverent. So be it. If it means I’m honest, I’ll take it.
So, welcome to Honest Conversations. Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. Feel free to comment. You can send me an e-mail if you like. You’re welcome here.
HonestConversations is the proud winner of a BlogHer 2010 Voice of the Year Award!