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Apologetic Conviction?

Apologetic Conviction?

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” –Rebecca West I recently ran across this quote in a feminist bookstore in Austin, TX.  It was on the front of a greeting […]

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Confessions About Confession

Confessions About Confession

A few times of year, once during Lent and once during Advent, my school offers the sacrament of reconciliation.  It is always one of my favorite days of the year.  Do I believe that we need a priest as a mediator between us and God?  No.  Some of my most authentic moments of confession have […]

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The Beauty of Sweat

The Beauty of Sweat

In our quest to break down gender roles, it is essential to be able to offer young people who identify as female more scripts to choose from.  When my mother was young, she had very few script choices.  She honestly felt that the professions she could choose from were nurse, teacher or social worker.  She […]

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Self-Violence

Self-Violence

I teach at a Catholic high school, and on Ash Wednesday this past week, I challenged my female students to fast from hateful self-talk this Lent instead of giving up chocolate.  I tend to teach with transparency.  I teach who I am.  This week I found my first gray hair.  Instead of plucking it with […]

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Stains on White

Stains on White

I dreamt of running through a field of wildflowers Stomping on grapes And chomping into a hot dog saturated in condiments While wearing white Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re human: I awoke in a cold sweat Since when did drawing outside the lines feel liberating Play Like a Girl Daring […]

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Pink Pants

Pink Pants

Yesterday I was wearing bright pink pants to work because it was Fun Pant Friday.  I started Fun Pant Friday last year, I don’t quite remember how.  It did not catch on with the other teachers, so I celebrate it alone each week.  Fun Pant Friday is nothing more than that, it is just fun.  […]

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The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

On Friday my spouse and I received, hopefully, the last of the Christmas letters.  I have found a few reasons why Christmas letters come late.  Some come from people who cannot seem to get their act together before Christmas, and those notes generally come with apologies.  Others try to save on postage and wait to […]

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Optimism on a Cold Day

Optimism on a Cold Day

A few years ago, I was trying to get a friend to move from South Carolina to Minnesota so I could have him closer to me.  We had lived near each other in South America, and I missed him.  When he returned to his high school friends in South Carolina, he seemed to be lacking […]

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Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

I had a heavy day.  A transgender student told me he was getting texts from an unknown source telling him that he was a freak.  Another student showed me a mark that her dad left on her arm when he was trying to explain to her the importance of her math grade by tossing her […]

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The Game

The Game

It was a lazy day during my Christmas break.  I had spent the morning reading, sipping coffee and correcting papers.  Well after noon, I rose from the couch to shower.  By the time I wrapped myself in a towel to dry and found my gaze in the mirror, I was overcome with this overwhelming fatigue […]

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