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Mind Games

Mind Games

I was out to dinner with a friend the other night. The conversation was taking several pleasant rabbit trails, sushing through a myriad of topics professional, philosophical and personal. In the midst of the thises, thats and others, I heard something that really caught me off guard and I found slightly offensive. “I actually enjoy mind-games.” Sadly, the voice behind the statement was my own. Why would I say such a thing? Did I just announce that I actually like…

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Ear Waves

Ear Waves

There are constantly sound waves pulsing through our heads. The slightest buzz of a bug or the irritating ring of an electronic device or that noise the refrigerator makes when it does whatever a refrigerator needs to do to stay cold: all of these are the result of air that has been very specifically disrupted so that when it strikes our ear drums it produces a pattern that our brains have been taught to recognize and (sometimes) associate with a…

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Pride and Promises

Pride and Promises

Rainbows are everywhere; literally. Even when we can’t see them the colors from the entire spectrum lurk in the light that flies by us as we walk through the day. Sometimes that light passes through a device of some sort – a cloud, a drop of water, a cut glass or a crystal prism – and allows us to enjoy a display of color only nature could paint. Sometimes that painting is adopted as a symbol or illustration of a…

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The Beauty Behind Gender

The Beauty Behind Gender

Today is Intersex Awareness Day. For most people in the world that’s a nice side note. Like seeing a car rally with a few random people driving a make and model of a car you’ve never seen before. It’s interesting and novel, but not incredibly relevant to you. For some of us, it’s a day to reflect on a piece of reality that lies beneath the very foundation of our existence. We are incredibly aware of the 5 biological markers…

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The Unruining

The Unruining

There was a quiet buzz emanating from an oddly sacred hall. I sat on a table with my ankle bared and laid in the hands of a talented stranger having asked him to leave a lasting mark. “Unruined” No longer ruined. Even in the months after the ink had healed, I contemplated all the ways the statement represented truth to me. I was ruined in my own mind by abuse and divorce and business failures and physical short-comings and mental…

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Under Indiana Skies

Under Indiana Skies

I’ve lived in Texas for 16 years now. That’s something I never thought would happen. There are things about Texas that I like, but so much of other places that I miss. I have been on the road for a little over week, seeing places I’ve not seen in years. The reality of what I’ve been missing has hit me like a simultaneous bolt of lightening and a gentle breeze; a jolt of reality and a deep breath. In addition…

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Dear Family Research Counsel: I Call Bulls#!t

Dear Family Research Counsel: I Call Bulls#!t

Let me make something very clear. I solidly identify as a follower of Christ. I hold the scripture in high regard. I also identify as a transgender woman. I affirmed that identity after decades of work, training and service in conservative schools, churches and ministries as well as years and years of counseling to “manage” the dysphoria. That affirmation also came after being being pushed to the brink of suicide over the depression and anxiety that comes with an inconsistent…

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Shaken

Shaken

The summer of 1992 I was working as a media specialist for a camp in the mountains out side of Los Angeles. Basically that meant I followed the events of the family camp as they unfolded during the week collecting clips of video. At the end of the week I edited the clips into a final production that was presented at banquet in the dining hall on Saturday night. Sunday was a reset day and then we started it all…

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Sins of Sodom

Sins of Sodom

Since the beginning of the year, I have been studying with a cohort of leaders in Christian communities to better understand what the Bible, as well as ancient and modern scholarship has to say about LGBT inclusion in Christian faith communities. Each week we are given reading assignments and asked to interact with the readings in a post online. We benefit not only from the readings, but also from the perspectives of our fellow students of God’s word. Our time…

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Depression is…

Depression is…

My bouts with depression are fewer and farther between these days, and for that I am grateful. But there are still moments, like tonight, when it tries to consume me. It’s in these moments that the doubts, fears, and anxieties that depression feeds are all too abundant. It’s in these moments that I am all too aware of what depression is… depression is living with the reality that there will be times when the thoughts