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Syria: An Overview and a Call to (Non-Violent) Action

I decided to dive into a current event for this month’s post on A Deeper Story: the crisis involving Syria. It’s a long post, even for me, but it’s broken down into bullet points with many quotes from news sources around the world. Please take a few minutes to educate yourself, and just as important, please pray.

Syria is all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds, with arguments raging for and against a United States military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria’s troops against civilians. I know it’s the epitome of #firstworldproblems to admit this, but I haven’t paid attention the way I should. Kids, back to school, schedules, blah blah excuse-blah. But when people started yelling about war and Iraq and WMD, I knew it was time to educate myself.

It took seconds to discover just how volatile the situation was on Saturday. I read reports that civilians, the Syrian government, and the rebels (the Free Syrian Army or FSA) all were preparing to be bombed. People were off the streets, prices of gasoline and water were climbing, and across the world, people were demonstrating both for and against military strikes. As I read through The Guardian’s live blog of Friday and Saturday’s events, my heart raced, wondering if strikes were occurring at that very moment. As the world waited for President Obama’s press conference Saturday afternoon, I read as much as I could in an effort to get a bird’s eye view.

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Here’s what I know (click here to read the entire post).

Part 4 of How I Became a Liberal: We Don’t Get To Sit Back Just Because the System Is F@!#$d

how I became a bleeding heart liberal

It may seem like I’ve been rambling for the past three posts (part 1, part 2, part 3), but I took time to cover all that territory to make a very important point: I am neither ignorant of nor willfully refusing to acknowledge the complexities of this topic.

I am currently earninga good wage, working hard as a mother, and believe that an honest day’s pay is the best reward for an honest day’s work. When my kids complain or refuse to work, I bristle. I resent being used. [Read more...]

Reading the Bible as a Woman (or “When God Hands You a Bloody Tampon Sandwich”)

I have a story that burns to be told. But I’m afraid to tell it. I have started and stopped writing it numerous times over the last year. It is an incredibly precious story to me, so I’m afraid to expose it to criticism and misunderstanding from others. But more than that, I’m afraid of what this story asks of me. Not that not telling it gets me off the hook. But this is how my brain works.

Anyway, it’s time. I need to tell the story, but I have some context for it. I’m working on a new project that I hope to launch/announce next month. For today, I have a post up at A Deeper Story that lays some ground work. Here’s a preview.

The new Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells the story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to 15 months in prison after she is convicted of a decade old crime of transporting money for her drug dealing girlfriend. In the second episode, Chapman accidentally insults the prison chef, Red. Despite her real-world-sufficient efforts to apologize, the next day she unwraps food prepared “special for you by Red” to find a sandwich made of bloody tampons.

tampon sandwich

When I read the Bible, I occasionally feel like Piper in that scene. One page fills me with inspiration and motivation to go forth and use my gifts to do God’s work. A page turn, and God hands me a bloody tampon sandwich. HAHAHAH sucka!

Read the rest here.