I am driving from the downtown area of Rockport when I suddenly decide to stop and sit a spell by the ocean. The day is perfect September, all blue sky and mild temperatures. It is low tide and the beach has lost the crowds of summer, leaving pristine sand and so much space. I easily … Continue reading Ladies Day Out
I'm at a A Life Overseas today! I would love it if you joined me there to talk about a story familiar to many. One of the best-known yet least known stories in the Gospel of John is about a woman known simply as the “Samaritan Woman.” The familiar story tells us that Jesus had … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Saint Photini: Missionary, Martyr, and Beloved One
This past week Brenda Barnes died. She was 64 years old. You may not know much about Brenda Barnes, but she is an interesting role model for women looking at work choices. Brenda was the first CEO of PepsiCo. She broke the proverbial glass ceiling, but for her it wasn't enough. After working as … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Lack of Choice in the Workplace
I'm angry. A Christian Pakistani woman is sentenced to death in Pakistan. Her crime? She is allegedly accused of insulting Islam after a group of Muslim women did not want her sharing the same water bowl as them. She offered them water and they refused stating it was "unclean." I wish this was hyperbole. I wish that … Continue reading On #InternationalDayofTolerance – Fight for Asia Bibi!
I have to admit I’m really struggling this week. I’m angry at some recent news from an organization close to my heart. I’m disgusted by the political situation in the country where I live. I’m horrified by the people that excuse sexual indecency and the language of predatory sexual assault. I’m embarrassed by those Christians … Continue reading The Welcome Prayer
"Oh, for God's sake...get a life, will you?"--William Shatner Connor left nearly a month ago to return to the University of British Columbia. As he and Lowell pulled away from the house I felt the bottle of grief shaken within me lose its scarcely screwed on lid. Before I knew it I was drenched, … Continue reading Get a Life
when Jesus proclaimed, “This is my body, broken for you,” it makes me wonder if in some sense Jesus himself had to come to grips with his own body and its impending brokenness. He was about to endure the profound breaking of his own body. He leans into it and he accepts it. That has implications for me accepting my own body and my own brokenness.
"What, Sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce." Mark Twain Every year I write about International Women's Day. This is the one day a year when the focus is solely on women and the issues that are most important to them. In some ways I … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2016 – Bringing All Voices to the Table
Watching the Oscars has long been a tradition in our family. When our kids were younger, an Oscar party was a yearly event. We would literally roll out a red carpet, serve fancy food, and dress up as characters from the year's films. The kids invited their friends and we had ballots where we would … Continue reading Sharmeen Obaid and the Power of Story
Every year around Mother's Day a report is released from Save the Children called the "State of the World's Mothers." And every year, I write about it. Because it is so important to me. If I could spend all day every day with moms and babies, I would. There are so many reasons for this - … Continue reading The Urban Disadvantage – State of the World’s Mothers 2015
Today is International Woman's Day. Yearly a day is set aside to honor women around the world, but also to bring attention to areas where changed needs to happen. This year the theme is broad and wide. "Make it Happen" Is it sports? Bring more attention to women in sports and the amazing,strong women athletes. Open up … Continue reading International Woman’s Day 2015 – “Make it Happen”
My daughter Stefanie returned from a 3-week study trip to Israel and Palestine this past Monday. We have delighted in her stories, oohing and ahhing over her pictures, and in general vicariously taking part in this amazing trip. Today she has given me permission to use an essay she wrote for her team. May you … Continue reading Women in Hebron by Stefanie Sevim Gardner
"That Mother Susan is really wise." We had arrived back home after Divine Liturgy and the welcome "post-fasting" coffee hour, designed to be substantial since we fast before communion. My husband burst out laughing. "She's not Mother Susan" he said. "She's Popadia Susan." Once again I find myself traveling into the land where I forget … Continue reading The Reluctant Orthodox – Volume 28 “On Mother Susan and Popadia Paula”
"Where was the God of Deborah? Deborah, whose words 'March on, my soul; Be strong!' echoed God's affirmation of the strength and leadership of women. Where was the God of Hagar? Hagar, who was cast out in a desert as hot as the one where I stood, certain she would die only to be met … Continue reading Where is the God of Deborah?
On April 1st the book What a Woman is Worth was released. Today I'm excited to introduce you to editor and writer Tamára Lunardo. In today's post she talks about birthing the book, weaving her own story throughout and what she hopes readers will take away from What a Woman is Worth. Read more about Tamára at the … Continue reading Interview with Tamara Lunardo – Editor of What a Woman is Worth
Two years ago I sent off an essay to a woman I only knew from blogging - Tamára Lunardo. I sent it off with shaking fingers, afraid of rejection, knowing I was an 'unknown'. Tamára had written a blog post that resonated with hundreds of readers. The post asked this question: Have you ever struggled … Continue reading What a Woman is Worth – Buy Your Copy Today!
Today is International Women's Day - a day set aside worldwide to "Remember the Ladies." The theme this year is "Inspiring Change - for greater awareness of women's equality" and today we celebrate - we celebrate the economic, social and educational achievements of women even as we remember - we have a long way to go! … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2014 – “Remember the Ladies!”
In September of last year I wrote a post about meeting the mother of Carmen Tarleton in Thetford, Vermont. I relayed how while in line for a barbecue on a holiday weekend we began talking and she shared with me the story of her daughter. Her daughter was a victim of a vicious domestic violence … Continue reading Face Transplants, Domestic Violence, & Identity