THE ONE FRIEND

“Every girl needs someone to giggle about boys with,” Kay said to me, leaning close, her warm brown eyes searching my face. “I’m fine,” I said. I folded my arms across my chest and tried to ignore the flush of my cheeks. My mom’s friend was giving me advice, and I wasn’t sure it wasContinue reading “THE ONE FRIEND”

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LET HER OUT OF THE HOUSE

“They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,They have soaked you in convention through and through;They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching —But can’t you hear the Wild? — it’s calling you.” – Robert Service Around 1999, my brother David built a bike cart.Continue reading “LET HER OUT OF THE HOUSE”

SKIRTS: A STATUS SYMBOL

I only wore skirts or dresses until 2005. I suppose it’s not all that unusual of a statement, considering women from varied religions and cultures wear long dresses or skirts instead of whatever style is trending in fashion. Indeed, fashion trends currently support a dress or a skirt as a cute option for modern women.Continue reading “SKIRTS: A STATUS SYMBOL”

How I Became the Baptist Nun

I had simply decided to stay home that day. We were newcomers in Germany again in 1997, missionaries from our Baptist Church in Indiana. We were there to start a Gospel-preaching, Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church for the German-speaking people. My parents and brother had gone to the old military base to clean up around theContinue reading “How I Became the Baptist Nun”