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My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned


Apr 27 2016
7 things you should know, from a mom who’s been there
My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned
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Cancer is an incapacitating, nasty thing. It strikes without reason and affects every race, ethnicity, and gender. As adults, we often make our peace with the knowledge that cancer and other suffering is part of our world. But what if it’s a child? What if it’s a ...

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Raising Ramona in 21st-Century Portland


Apr 20 2016
What Beverly Cleary taught me about childhood worries.
Raising Ramona in 21st-Century Portland
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I have a five-year-old named Ramona. Her hair is cut short, to her chin, and it flies about her face because she hates to have it brushed. My Ramona is strong-willed, loves to argue and negotiate, loves being a big sister. She taught herself to read, wants to move to Hawaii ...

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You May Be More Like ‘Other Women’ Than You Think


Mar 18 2016
I discovered the flip side of being special: being alone.
You May Be More Like ‘Other Women’ Than You Think
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“I get along better with boys.”

I can remember declaring some version of these words when I was a little girl who spurned little girl things. No New Kids on the Block for me. No pink scrunchies or kitten-adorned Trapper Keepers. I was into sports, climbing trees, ...

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The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having


Mar 15 2016
Why sexism deserves more attention than the complementarian-egalitarian debates.
The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having
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It seems there are two rival gangs in the evangelical world: complementarians, who believe that men assume primary leadership in the church and in the home, versus egalitarians, who believe women can share leadership in these realms. Denominations, parachurch organizations, ...

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Q+A: The Secret Lives of Teens Online


Mar 10 2016
The conversation about the pornification of social media is long overdue.
Q+A: The Secret Lives of Teens Online
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I wish I wasn’t seeing this.

Facebook suggested I might like to become “friends” with a teenage acquaintance, who barely resembled the little girl I met years before. No longer carrying a stuffed animal and book in each arm, as I remembered her, she posed in ...

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What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?


Feb 24 2016
In both marriage and singleness, our bodies are not just for ourselves.
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?
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This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church.

Masturbation doesn't fit within typical modern ethical concerns. It's ...

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When Sex Leaves You Wanting More


Feb 18 2016
Reflecting on female libido and Christian marriage.
When Sex Leaves You Wanting More

This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church.

There are some desires that are fine for women to express. We want husbands. ...

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Bring Back Blind Dating


Feb 8 2016
Online matches put the pressure on us, while setups offer a sense of community support.
Bring Back Blind Dating
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Married at First Sight is one of those extreme reality shows with a premise so far-fetched you can hardly believe it’s “reality,” yet there’s something about it that compels you to watch. As the title suggests, it features three couples who are matched ...

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We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality


Feb 4 2016
Balancing love, desire, and the demands of midlife.
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We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality
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This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church.

During the season 6 premiere of Downton Abbey, head housekeeper Mrs. ...

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Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex


Jan 27 2016
A counselor explores why we don’t and why we should.
Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex
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Welcome to the first post in a series we’re calling The Sex We Don’t Talk About, exploring elements of female sexuality that rarely come up among Christians. While the church has grown more comfortable with addressing sex in sermons, seminars, and marriage books, ...

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