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Posted inParenting & Family, Religion

What Kind of Parent Would Your Faith Make?

Reading Time: 6 minutes We are not fallen angels but emerging beings. —Bishop Spong I’ve been trying for a while to boil down my chief objections to the faith of my youth, and I think I’ve settled on the metaphor that best sums it up. I’ve decided my greatest problem with the Christian faith isn’t its avoidance of responsibility […]

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The Worst Parent Ever

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are you a parent? If you are, then I’d like you to try a thought experiment. Imagine that your 4-year-old child struts up to you and proudly hands you a colorful drawing of, well…you’re not entirely sure WHAT it is. Then she tells you that it’s a drawing of her and you, neither of whom […]

Posted inReligion

Christian Lies: We’re So BRAVE For Being Christian!

Reading Time: 9 minutes Oh my gosh, y’all, who in the world are these brave warriors? Who are these people willing to risk such stakes just to make sure that everyone hears for the zillionth time about a fictional character we already knew about? They’re just so, I dunno, DIFFERENT, y’all! We’ve never seen brave people before willing to act this way for their beliefs! Never! 

Posted inEducation, General, Myth & Folklore, Sex & Gender

The #MeToo Take Two Panel at #AFSAM19 (Part 1 of 2)

Reading Time: 5 minutes One of the highlights of the recent American Folklore Society meeting was a panel discussing events in #MeToo, what folklorists can specifically contribute to the discussion, and continuing problems with abuse/assault in our field. In what follows, I’ll summarize some of the highlights of the panel on #MeToo (labeled “Take Two” because we had an […]

Posted inCulture, General

Trauma Stewardship

Reading Time: 6 minutes As we all know, I like to nerd out about trauma. But sometimes, it hits too close to home, and I need help in continuing to do the work that brings me into contact with trauma (in addition to continuing to, like, be a human in contact with other humans).