I have serious thoughts this time of year even though I didn't grow up in a tradition that celebrated Lent. I also have this bad habit of watching disturbing historical films and getting emotionally overwhelmed. A couple of years ago, I watched The Stoning of Soraya M. over winter break. My roommates had just left … Continue reading Injustice, Suffering, and The Stoning of Soraya M.
State pride is a thing in the United States, and every state has a term for their residents. Yes, Wikipedia actually provides a list of demonyms. Some people might consider this an unhealthy form of nationalism, but I find it mostly endearing as long as it doesn't enable some people to think they're better than others. … Continue reading I am a ColoTexan
Last week we finished the UnBoxing Project series. Some of my readers asked what life was like after we left, how we handled it. My friends and I went through a period of deprogramming, which is ongoing. We'd been told what to think, what is good and what is evil, and then we found we'd been lied … Continue reading Deprogramming: documentaries and movies about cults and Christian subculture
I came from an upper middle class, well-educated family. I was privileged. I moved out as a college student with a couple of jobs on campus after my parents emptied my savings account. Most of the people that we helped were in similar circumstances. Our counselor friend Sandra, who was in graduate school when I moved … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Surviving and thriving on the outside
When we started helping people move out, we learned that getting out and finding freedom is messy, and everyone's situation is different. When someone contacted us for help, we said that they went "active." It's like being on call for an emergency move 24/7. They'll tell us the situation is deteriorating, but we don't know it's going … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Eleanor’s thoughts)