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Episcopal clergy lady at St. Martin's Church, Houston. Mother to Neil and Annie. Wife to Josh.

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    <i>Fleabag</i> Season Two: The Healing of the Fourth Wall

    Fleabag Season Two: The Healing of the Fourth Wall

    If you have not seen Season 2 of Fleabag then watch it first. Then come back and dish with me in the comments section about that caliente priest. Full disclosure, I enjoyed the first season of Fleabag but did not adore it. But the second season contains more incredible moments than should be allowed in […]

    Don't Ruin Brunch: A Mother's Day Primer for the Church

    Don't Ruin Brunch: A Mother's Day Primer for the Church

    I’ve got an idea for churches this upcoming Sunday. Please just ignore Mother’s Day. I do not know why we started to attach the church to this secular holiday, but for the love of all that is sacred and holy, she wants us to stop. I got a desperate note from her in the mail. […]

    Preachers in Sneakers: A Merciful Mirror

    Preachers in Sneakers: A Merciful Mirror

    When a friend sent me the Instagram account @preachersnsneakers, I was dumbfounded. A guy who goes by the name “Tyler” posts photographs of nondenominational mega-church pastors sporting sneakers alongside a cost analysis. It is funny and staggering. I had no idea that sneakers can cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. I mean, I feel […]

    How Not To Raise a Daughter in Purity Culture (According to Sarah's Parents)

    How Not To Raise a Daughter in Purity Culture (According to Sarah's Parents)

    One night in high school, my very Baptist boyfriend and I had plans to attend Black Light Night with the Baptist youth group at the local bowling alley. If you are unfamiliar with this ritual of youth, it involved a dark bowling alley, the neon glow of black lights, and loads of N’Sync. We decided […]

    A Football Filled with Goat's Blood (and Other Things Men Can Do For Women)

    A Football Filled with Goat's Blood (and Other Things Men Can Do For Women)

    Arunachalam Muruganantham is a personal hero of mine. Like most men, Muruganantham had no idea how menstruation even worked before he married his wife. As people with little means in India, he began to realize the incredible challenge that women like his wife faced when their periods came. There are profound health hazards that come along […]

    The Quiet Misery of Children's Birthday Parties

    The Quiet Misery of Children's Birthday Parties

    You get past the person at the front door. There’s throbbing music. You walk into a sea of black lights and unfamiliar faces. While this may feel like a bad choice you made in your 20s, this is not in fact a dance club in the meatpacking district. This is a children’s birthday party. It […]

    A Pastoral Missive to Gen X Women

    A Pastoral Missive to Gen X Women

    Laydeez, My day (and avocado toast) was ruined by the well-meaning forward of an article called The New Midlife Crisis for Women. It is on Oprah’s website, naturally. So while I was expecting some #liveyourbestlife -ness, I was slammed with the reality of your lives. I gotta say, I am worried. I was born in […]

    I Am Giving Up Boundaries in 2019

    I Am Giving Up Boundaries in 2019

    Typically, I abstain from any New Year’s resolutions. I hate diets and everything they stand for. I loathe the notion that December 31st is distinctly different from January 1st.  And “self betterment” always seems to end in a profound feeling of “self worse-er-ment” for me. But not this year. This year I have decided to […]

    When St. Joseph Saved Christmas

    When St. Joseph Saved Christmas

    Every year the Christmas story rolls around and we often wonder what part Joseph played in the divine narrative. He went from trying to quietly reject Mary to being by her side for the entire cosmic experience. From all accounts, once Joseph was in, he was all in. And given the dangers of childbirth, particularly for an unwed mother, […]

    Putting the Santa Back in Christmas (Movies)

    Putting the Santa Back in Christmas (Movies)

    We walk in the door on a random Friday in December. Its 5pm. I’m wondering what promising yet disappointing frozen Trader Joe’s entrée I can provide for my children. In T-45 minutes there will be a Christmas Happy (?) Hour at my house for a church board. St. Mountain of Laundry sits on my dining […]

    As Advent Approaches: Evil Is Well Organized

    As Advent Approaches: Evil Is Well Organized

    Last week at 3:00am, I sat straight up in bed and muttered the name “Jamal Khashoggi.” I do not watch the news. I was by no means following the story. Had you asked me the name of the journalist who was murdered in the Saudi consulate I would not have been able to tell you. […]

    How a Comedian Helped Me Pray the Ghosts Away

    How a Comedian Helped Me Pray the Ghosts Away

    The first time I remember being terrified of ghosts, my mother had taken me on a well-meaning bonding trip to Natchez, Mississippi. There, on the plantation home tours, the guide would allude to all of the Victorian-era blonde girls who kept making ghoulish appearances on the grand stairwell. Even as an 8-year-old I remember thinking, […]

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