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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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Redeeming Details

Redeeming Details

“Details are not my forte.” “I’m a big-picture person.” “Abstract concepts are my thing; let me have the ideas and people with other talents can worry about the details.” All are statements I have heard people make about themselves, I have had made about me, and I have made about myself. Each one of them are little more than a positive spin on a dirty little secret: details are my nemesis. They scare me. They elude me. They pop up…

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A Rocking Fundraiser!!

A Rocking Fundraiser!!

All through my life, my parents have been a valuable part of my journey. That didn’t change when I began this process of affirmation. While we don’t agree on many things – from politics to theology – we are able to focus on the things we still share. Things like a love of life, compassion, and desire to grow in our passion for God and all that is God’s. We can agree without question that “All God’s Children Have a…

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Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog: Well, book, this is it. Book: Yes, it is. Real world here I come. Blog: Are you nervous? Book: Yes, just a little. Blog: You should be, its brutal out there. Me: BLOG!! Quit trying to scare her. She is going to be just fine. Book – off you go – your new home at Amazon is waiting for you. I’ll be out there to check on you often and I have a whole bunch of friends that will…

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Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In recognition of that, I’m posting this podcast of Marching On (follow the link for the text version). The post is also included in Chapter 5 of the soon to be released “Shattering Masks: Affirming my Identity. Transitioning My Faith.” You can see more about the September 24th release on the FB Page. Finally if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please remember you are not alone. Find…

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Sounds of a Sojourner – Indiana Skies

Sounds of a Sojourner – Indiana Skies

My first podcast! Most of the podcasts will be reading my blog posts so that you can listen instead of reading, but I’ll add other fun stuff as I can. This one is reading the post, “Under Indiana Skies“. http://sophiasojourn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Podcast-1-Indiana-Skies-82416-2.50-PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Sights of Sophia 8/21/16

Sights of Sophia 8/21/16

(I’m playing with some new blogging styles. My normal, everyday thought blogs are going to be videos posted to my YouTube channel and shared here. My written blogs are going to be stronger writing exercises I will be working through. I’ll also be launching the “Sounds of Sophia” podcast, which will include recorded versions of the written blog. It will be fun to see how this plays out. Feel free to comment with feedback and suggestions!) (

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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Tragedy

Tragedy

Tragedy strikes when ever and where ever it wants. There is noting we can do about that. If there is one thing I have learned in managing my symptoms of PTSD, it is that triggers of those symptoms are somewhat unpredictable and without a doubt unavoidable. The really confounding thing about tragedy and trauma is that some are accidents – they happen without the ill intent of any one person. But some, without a doubt are deliberate. Tragedy caused by…

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