painted filter over photo of wreath hanging on a door

December Introductions

It is time for another introduction! If you are new around here, welcome, and please know that I love getting to know who you are through comments and messages. If you have been here for a while, here’s another chance to learn quirky facts about my life and maybe share some of your own in return!

As always, there are the basics: I’m a writer and speaker about personal and social healing. I have three kids, and our oldest daughter Penny has Down syndrome, so I write about our experience with disability a fair amount as well. I love thinking and reading and engaging with people about faith and spirituality. 

In addition to the basics, a few quirky points of potential interest about me:

  1. I no longer pretend to be domestic or artistic or interested in gardening. And every year I dread the invitation to a local holiday wreath making. And then I go and make the wreath. And I feel happy about how it turned out and it hangs on our back door for months—the most crafty thing I do in any given year is making one wreath!
    christmas wreath hangs on a white window pane
  2. I often don’t notice things (or people) that are right in front of me. For example, I once took communion in front of former President George W. Bush and his entire family and never noticed they were there.
  3. I live in the town that inspired the show Gilmore Girls. I have only watched one episode, but Marilee has watched it in its entirety three times. We have various shops with lots of references to Stars Hollow, and our house sits one house away from the local soda shop and a big white Congregational church on the green. Quintessential small-town New England.
  4. One of my biggest insecurities in life is clothing. I feel like I never know what to wear, and I would like to show up to every event in jeans and a sweater. When I find something I like, I tend to buy three, in different colors.

  5. I wrote my thesis in seminary on Flannery O’Connor’s theology of disability. She helped me begin to think through the ways disability can reveal our common humanity.

How about you? Do enjoy crafts? What’s something unique about the place you live? Have you watched Gilmore Girls? What’s one of your insecurities? Have you read Flannery O’Connor?

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