The thing we’ll regret from the legalization of same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is legalized–and I know we have all read 537 articles telling us so. This blog will make it 538. In all honesty, as soon as I heard the news I told myself under my breath, “I’m not writing about this one.” … Continue reading

Dying naturally is NOT undignified: What we can learn from Brittany Maynard

This is one of those blog posts where I’ve written the first sentence about thirteen different times and I’ve deleted it just as many times. Here goes sentence number fourteen. I think it’s because deep down inside I dread talking … Continue reading

Why God sent a rainbow: Lessons from the Marysville school shooting

Some people have been wondering why I haven’t written about the shooting yet that occurred right in my backyard at Marysville Pilchuck High School. I’ve wondered that myself. But something like that–well, it’s safe to say that it froze my … Continue reading

Why I chose to be a Latter-day Saint: And not a Mormon

I still remember the smell of the chapel as I sat down five years ago. It was a scent l I hadn’t smelled before–a scent that I’ve since gotten used to. The walls were bare except for some paintings of … Continue reading

It isn’t a sin to get mad at God

Here I sit in the early morning light and my whole house is still asleep except for me. There is a decorative pumpkin already on the coffee table and a candle that smells like cinnamon. And every now and then … Continue reading

Kate Kelly was not kicked out of Heaven

I’m careful to write about this subject. Partly because it is regarding another human life and partly because it has to do with something that I consider sacred, personal, and private. But it’s a topic we can’t dance around, ignore, … Continue reading

Everything you’re not: And why it keeps getting in the way

I believe in the power of words. Very, very much so. All my life it’s been one of my strongest beliefs along with one of my greatest loves. Maybe it started back when I finished my first Steinbeck novel and … Continue reading

The Mormon Controversy: And why it’s hurting more than feminists

The headlines are everywhere. You seriously can’t miss it, even if you deliberately set out to NOT find it. It’s a Mormon feminist controversy that’s triggering debates, memes, articles, furiously-written status updates, and doubts. It all started with a movement … Continue reading

You’re trying way too hard to get to Heaven

My life—as of late—has done a complete 180. As I write this there’s a million other to-do’s on my mind, one of which includes the pile of laundry sneering at me from across the room. Oh and I can’t forget … Continue reading

It’s your turn to rise again: A letter to a sinner

I thought of you today. It’s a day before Easter Sunday and I was finally able to see “Son of God” in theaters. A fitting time, if you ask me. Throughout the movie I tended to focus on a particular person: The sinner. Judas, … Continue reading