I've been thinking a lot lately about rituals — the actions we take part in every day that give us some peace in this out-of-control world, whether that means drinking our morning coffee out of a special mug, getting breakfast every morning from the same bodega or simply doing our laundry on the same day... Continue Reading →
From the time I came to understand the reality of death, I was very fortunate not to lose anyone I loved. That all changed last month, when my dad called me in the middle of an event I was hosting in my backyard to tell me that after a long illness, my mom had passed... Continue Reading →
I surveyed 660 ex-Mormons on why they no longer believe the LDS Church is true. This post starts a series of deeper dives into what I discovered.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" In my Mormon ward in Northern Utah, there was only one correct answer to this question: "A mom!" Whether you also wanted to be a doctor or writer or president of the United States was of secondary importance. We all knew that first came motherhood,... Continue Reading →
Imagine that you’re 16 and a group of older men is standing in front of you, the closest one telling you that your body is a wonderland. You’re not at a sugar baby convention, though. You’re at church, and you’d rather be almost anywhere else. Maybe he didn’t quote John Mayer, exactly, but he may... Continue Reading →
The LDS Church came out on Monday in opposition to the federal Equality Act, a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics under anti-discrimination laws. Big surprise.
It was a surprising week at BYU-Idaho, modesty-wise: On-campus paper Scroll posted an editorial headlined "Why my knees shouldn’t be distracting," in which author Elise Forbes made an insightful argument for viewing modesty through a lens other than our responsibility for the actions of others. Forbes makes a great point that for all its teachings... Continue Reading →
Katie Heaney’s sophomore memoir is delightfully relatable and funny and hits at the heart of something we all experience from time to time, some of us more often than others: the feeling that you don’t belong.
I'll never forget the first time I wore a sleeveless dress to work. I pulled off my jacket like I was voluntarily giving up my shield in a medieval battle. I looked around the office out of the corners of my eyes to see if anyone noticed. I sat hunched over all day and went... Continue Reading →