This Is What I Need Most

I’m sitting in the emergency room while my friend gets shuttled off to get a CAT scan. It’s 11:00 pm on a weekday but I’m not complaining. There’s a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart and it’s not just because I know my friend’s health is in God’s hands. Three months ago, I invited myself to sit at this girl’s lunch table—plopping my Tupperwared food … Continue reading This Is What I Need Most

When Christians Go Batshit Crazy

Strobe lights sweep across the auditorium. Music pounds against my eye sockets. Hands are in the air. They praise God with a passion that used to humble me to tears. I’m in my seat, arms crossed, eyes half open. Literally, I’m in a church. I’M IN A CHURCH AND THERE’S STROBE LIGHTS. I have been in the dregs of America’s Bible Belt for barely two … Continue reading When Christians Go Batshit Crazy

Savvy & Rachel Count their Blessings

1. Rachel: Her job at the local pub & grill “I’m blessed to have such an awesome cast of coworkers in such a friendly, smalltown-America restaurant.  From the cooks and dishwashers whom I can punch and throw food at to the waitresses that help me when I’m confused, from the runners, bussers, and cohosts that make me laugh to the banquet servers who make every function … Continue reading Savvy & Rachel Count their Blessings

the Graduate Life

“What are you doing, Rachel?” She’s caught me, again.  Mom peers into my room and sees me Skyping my boyfriend for the second time that day. “You’re not getting anything done,” she says. She’s right.  I wrap up the conversation, go on my brother’s laptop, and apply to three jobs.  Then, for the hundredth time, I read the guidelines for applying to Iowa’s MFA creative … Continue reading the Graduate Life

Christianity and Feminism (Part II)

A few weeks ago, when it was my turn to post a blog piece, I wrote on Feminist Theology and how Christians can be feminists by fighting sexism as a sinful tendency (find it here).  I was dancing on rainbows when readers commented with their thoughts and their challenges to the idea.  (Please, please, please keep doing that.) But I wondered why Christians get uncomfortable … Continue reading Christianity and Feminism (Part II)