Is There a “u” in “Team”?: The Strengths of Highly Sensitive People and Introverts

It seems that even though many offices and work environments favour extroverted people with rhino hides, sensitivity and introversion are incredibly valuable. This is something I wish I’d understood much earlier on in life. … More Is There a “u” in “Team”?: The Strengths of Highly Sensitive People and Introverts

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Sensitivity, Strength, Weakness, and “Nanette”

Even beyond the harsh world of the school system, where most people get emotionally bruised somehow or other, the world-at-large encourages you to feel ashamed of yourself  when you’re the kind of person who cries at the remake of “Overboard!”
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OMG it’s Them Again: Trying A New Way to Talk to Doorstep Preachers

Besides which, I thought, I could try out a new tactic for dealing with religious door-knockers. See, sometimes I answer the door without realising there’s a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, or just a run-of-the-mill, zealous Protestant on the other side. … More OMG it’s Them Again: Trying A New Way to Talk to Doorstep Preachers

This Atheist’s Thoughts on Suffering, Sadness, and Hell

At the same time, it started to dawn on me that the bad things that happen in this world aren’t suddenly and magically made right in a heaven somewhere. I started to realise, too, that “everything doesn’t happen for a reason” (at least not in the sense in which that phrase is usually used). Terrible things happen, and they’re terrible, and that’s that. … More This Atheist’s Thoughts on Suffering, Sadness, and Hell

Spanish Tongues and Love Waterfall: Two Miracles That Kept Me Believing

I held on to these beliefs even after I stopped believing in Jesus because I’d experienced two events in my life that seemed to be the result of supernatural intervention. I hadn’t been around to see Jesus turn water into wine, or Moses part the Red Sea, but the “miraculous experiences” you witness or experience yourself are harder to doubt. … More Spanish Tongues and Love Waterfall: Two Miracles That Kept Me Believing

“No Excuses”: Motherhood, Choice, and Getting Angry

Yes, I knew that people loved their children with a love that filled their life with a deeper meaning and significance than they could ever have imagined. But I also felt at that time that the world was wide open to me, and I had no idea what treasures of love and significance and willing self-sacrifice I might discover down any given avenue in my future. … More “No Excuses”: Motherhood, Choice, and Getting Angry