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.



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