Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

  Today's post is from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  Content note: marital rape Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The memories of childhood often evoke feelings of longing for a time when happiness abounded. For … Continue reading Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

Poem: Outside

The sun is shining over the flowers my grandfather planted. They're still growing, long after he died in 1995. One of my goals for 2016 is to write a new spoken word poem every month. Here’s February’s poem. We can breathe again, out here in the open.Drink in lemonade sunlightbecause each one of us has … Continue reading Poem: Outside

Boundaries and why Christian Grey needs them

I know, I'm late to the party. The film came out almost a year ago. I got it from Redbox last night. But I have something to say about Christian Grey, even though so much has already been said. Consent isn't just about sexual relationships. Consent is a way of life. And this is something that … Continue reading Boundaries and why Christian Grey needs them

Child abuse prevention in the church is not big government

Back in high school, I used to love Andrée Seu Peterson's column. I read her pieces first when our copy of World magazine arrived in the mail every week. She always made me think because she was less conservative than my homeschool textbooks, and I admired her writing style. I’m pretty sure that other homeschool … Continue reading Child abuse prevention in the church is not big government

Why I have trust issues with authority after growing up in fundamentalist Christianity

After leaving fundamentalism, some of my friends left organized religion because of spiritual abuse, or identified as anarchists because they'd seen systems of power oppress people. I can't blame them really, even if their choices appear extreme, because I don't trust authority, either. Authority more often uses power to control rather than to protect in my experience, … Continue reading Why I have trust issues with authority after growing up in fundamentalist Christianity