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How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis


Apr 15 2014
Fighting gender inequity in global farming.
How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger Crisis

It's spring, and as sporadic rains fall on thirsty California, I am thinking about a certain biblical promise. Found in Hosea, it follows an assurance that God will heal, revive, and raise Israel up again: "He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering ...

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What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent


Mar 24 2014
A reflection on fasting from my reflection.
What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent
malomalverde / Flickr

I haven't looked in a mirror since March 5, the day my pastor thumbed a black ashen cross on my forehead. I won't look at myself again until the trumpets sound under my country church steeple on Easter morning. I gave up my reflection for Lent because I'm tired. ...

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Heal Me—Body, Mind, and Soul


Mar 10 2014
Our need for a more robust Christian theology of medicine.
Heal Me—Body, Mind, and Soul
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During the several years I suffered from chronic ankle pain, I tried almost everything – orthopedic doctors, chiropractors, physical therapy, nutritionists, healing prayer, herbalists, traditional Chinese medicine, and more. Like the people described in Candy Gunther ...

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Sizing Ourselves Up


Feb 25 2014
For women, arbitrary clothing sizes further distort our body image.
Sizing Ourselves Up
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The dress was too small, so I wouldn't buy it. It came in a larger size, but I wasn't about to wear that size—in my mind, it was "too big."

We've all been there, inordinately focused on the size number on the label. Women have fretted about their ...

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Cursed by Natural Childbirth


Feb 3 2014
They say labor makes women feel empowered. So why do I feel so broken and weak?
Cursed by Natural Childbirth
Bradley Gordon / Flickr

When mothers describe their experiences with natural childbirth, in books and movies and blog posts touting its benefits, they'll often describe feeling empowered, exhilarated, strong.

When I gave birth to my second child, one of my nurses affirmed, "Girl, you're ...

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome


Jan 29 2014
Both the right and the left have more to learn.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's response to the president's State of the Union address last night drew attention to her family, and specifically to her oldest son Cole, who has Down syndrome. Her speech implied her personal and political support for children with Down ...

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We're Not 'Too Fat' for Pictures


Dec 19 2013
On being remembered for how we loved, not how much we weighed.
We're Not 'Too Fat' for Pictures

Here's me at my body-image worst: I daydream about being rich so I can afford plastic surgery to take care of all of my problem areas. I'd be able to wear the clothes I want to wear and to stop gazing longingly at a pair of pants and a couple of skirts that fit me ...

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Ladies, Who Needs a Drink?


Dec 13 2013
More women are pouring themselves a glass—including me and my Christian friends.
Ladies, Who Needs a Drink?
tainara / Flickr

Today's women aren't afraid of kicking back with a glass of wine, or a craft cocktail, or a cold beer for that matter. Across every female demographic—especially single women and young mothers—drinking is on the rise.

I never imagined that I'd count ...

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The Most Difficult Time Of The Year


Dec 2 2013
10 ways for people in recovery to relieve Christmas anxiety.
The Most Difficult Time Of The Year
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There are packages to buy, food to make, parties to attend, and cards to write. We'll put on jolly smiles and wear red and gold. Our stockings will be hung with cheer. Our children will sleep tidily in their beds. Our family gatherings will be just as festive and fun ...

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The Sale That Stole Thanksgiving


Nov 26 2013
America's turning into the Land of the Buy-One-Get-One-Free, Home of the Brave-the-Crowds.
The Sale That Stole Thanksgiving
Justin Russell / Flickr

The legend of the first Thanksgiving tells of survival against imponderably difficult odds and the celebration of Native Americans and English settlers alike around a common table. With rich and delicious food before them, they thank God for being alive to enjoy all of God's ...

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