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About Charlotte Donlon

Charlotte lives in Birmingham, Alabama, right by the train tracks that cut through the city. She's married to Tim, and they have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Brady. She's earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and she does freelance writing and copywriting. You can find her online at www.charlottedonlon.com and on Twitter at @charlottedonlon.

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    All the Lonely People

    All the Lonely People

    A mom who doesn’t feel any freedom to be honest about how difficult motherhood is for her. A college freshman who turns to boys and alcohol because she knows she’s too much, because she knows she’ll never be enough. A man who is interviewing for a new job, hoping this will be the one that […]

    Suicide, Our Darker Emotions, and the Goodness of God

    Suicide, Our Darker Emotions, and the Goodness of God

    I’ll never forget my first therapy appointment fifteen years ago. I told my counselor at the time, Dr. Gordon Bals, about my anger and rage and how it scared me. I told him about other things, too, but the anger and rage were my main concerns because I didn’t think I had any reasons to […]

    True Belonging and the Perils of Braving the Wilderness on Social Media

    True Belonging and the Perils of Braving the Wilderness on Social Media

    In the most recent On Being interview with Krista Tippett and Brené Brown, they discuss Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness and many of Brown’s concepts.  Early in their conversation, they talk about how we are made for connection. Brown says, “It’s partly because we are neuro-biologically hardwired for belonging and connection. We’re hardwired to […]

    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Bryan Jarrell

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Bryan Jarrell

    This is the ninth and final installment in a series of interviews with myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be […]

    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Melina Smith

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Melina Smith

    This is the eighth installment in a series of interviews with myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found here. […]

    Music, Truth, and David Zahl’s A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N’ Roll

    Music, Truth, and David Zahl’s A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N’ Roll

    Last week I was revising an essay that’s in my thesis for my MFA in creative writing. It’s about music and memory, and I write about how music roots us to past, present, and future versions of ourselves. While I was revising that piece, my soon-to-be-15-year-old daughter asked me to review one of her essays. […]

    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Aaron Zimmerman

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Aaron Zimmerman

    This is the seventh installment in a series of interviews with myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found here. […]

    Stories of Grace and Ethan Richardson's <i>This American Gospel</i>

    Stories of Grace and Ethan Richardson’s This American Gospel

    In an article from The Atlantic, Cody C. Delistraty writes about the psychological comforts of storytelling. He writes, “Stories can be a way for humans to feel that we have control over the world. They allow people to see patterns where there is chaos, meaning where there is randomness.” He also says stories can impact […]

    Reading to Big Kids, Making Connections, and <i>The Very Persistent Pirate</i>

    Reading to Big Kids, Making Connections, and The Very Persistent Pirate

    Some of my most cherished memories of my kids’ younger years are connected to our children’s books. We read to our kids multiple times every day with The Carrot Seed, Caps for Sale, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Curious George, and Olivia topping our list of favorites. When they got a little older, […]

    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Charlotte Getz

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Charlotte Getz

    This is the sixth installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found […]

    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part Three

    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part Three

    One of the comments from this recent article in the New York Times Magazine on diet culture in America says: As humans I think we are all seeking something more. We all want to be better, and to be different. Some days we love ourselves. Some days we don’t. This Feature went way beyond weight […]

    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Ethan Richardson

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Ethan Richardson

    This is the fifth installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found […]