When You Need to Hear a Story

When You Need to Hear a Story

There were so many things I looked forward to before having children, but one that couldn't come fast enough was getting to enact the nightly ritual of story time again. (Seriously, not fast enough. I think we started reading books to our firstborn when he was five...

Sacred Echoes

Sacred Echoes

On my first day of student teaching I met Jerome. I was training to work as a special education teacher and was assigned to a summer school class of fourth and fifth graders with autism and other cognitive impairments. It was a lively place. Jerome moved like a...

Fighting Compassion Fatigue

Recently I read Ann Voskamp’s beautiful, heart wrenching post about the situation in Iraq. In it she outlines the impossible choices children face there – girls sold into sexual slavery, forced to have their virginity surgically remade only to be taken again and...

When Hoping Is Hard

I was single for most of my twenties. I was hopeful about finding Mr. Right but it seemed like a long shot because I was a campus pastor. Most of the men in my life were college undergraduates or married colleagues in ministry, neither of which were appropriate pools...

Shaking the Dust Off; Moving on Past Rejection

I got rejected this week. It was an article, a story I was a really proud of, submitted to a prestigious magazine where a couple of my friends have been published recently. I'd polished the prose, even had someone look it over before I sent it in, only to receive a...

Lindsey Smallwood
Lindsey is a writer, speaker and enthusiastic (but terrible) dancer. A former pastor and teacher, these days Lindsey works, writes and raises her babies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She blogs at http://www.songbirdandanerd.com where you can also see a full list of published essays, books available for purchase and her calendar of upcoming speaking and teaching events.

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