Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What do Christians mean when they say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

It only takes a few words to send me back. Certain phrases set me off. It can be something simple, so common that most average Christians wouldn't even notice it. But those words meant something else in the fundamentalist cult I grew up in. I go to a not-crazy church now because it's helped me … Continue reading Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What do Christians mean when they say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with investigative journalism

Editor's note: I originally wrote this Q&A for the newspaper where I worked right after college. This column never made it into print, but I loved the interview so much that I'm posting it here, thanks to a suggestion from one of my journalism professors.  Julia Kitchen has been reading local news since she was … Continue reading Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with investigative journalism

Why I’m not an editor for Homeschoolers Anonymous anymore

Some of you may have wondered why I’m not on the Homeschoolers Anonymous editorial board anymore and no longer listed as an blog contributor. I’ve blogged less in the past two years for several reasons—being unsure how to navigate between my personal writing and my work as a journalist, saving ideas for freelance pitches to … Continue reading Why I’m not an editor for Homeschoolers Anonymous anymore

The journey continues: How I’m healing from spiritual abuse

Originally posted on Facebook April 20, 2018.  So for those of you who've been around me a while know that I came out of a fundamentalist religious background and I worked for several years to weed those things out of my life. Those old thought patterns were rooted in some people's unhealthy desires to control … Continue reading The journey continues: How I’m healing from spiritual abuse