I am a writer and English teacher in Central Indiana. I teach English composition and creative writing at a small Christian liberal arts university*, and I write nonfiction. In 2011, I graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Creative Nonfiction MFA program. My thesis was a memoir about the ethical and moral implications of sending teenage Christians abroad to save the world for God.

I blog weekly.

My daughter, whom I call Ruthie on the internet, was born in January, 2010. She is by far the funniest person in our house. My son, whom I call Neville on the internet, was born in February, 2014. He is the smooshiest, snuggliest person in our house.

My husband goes by Chalupa. Our life together is a lot of movie quotes, road trips, and dealing with his chronic illnesses. We are egalitarians.

In our house, we care about movies, television, food, politics, and faith. And cheese. We care a lot about cheese.

We attend Commonway Church in Muncie and live next door to my mom Carol, in the house where my grandparents lived before us.

Why is this blog about living and parenting as a liberal feminist Christian?

I am a liberal feminist Christian. All three of those things are integral to the way I interact with the world. Being liberal means that my fundamental lens for viewing social and political issues is one of equality. Being a feminist means that I believe in the intrinsic equality between all genders and sexes, and that I must work to correct gender and sexuality-based injustices in the world, as well as injustices that exist for anyone who has been disenfranchised by an unjust world. Being a Christian means that I believe in the foundations of the Nicene Creed, and I want to live in a way that reveals the Kingdom of Heaven on earth that Jesus described.

*and of course all of the thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine, not my employer’s.