Reader? Not so Much

In fifth grade when all my friends were becoming avid readers of Nancy Drew, I was not a fan. I could read well enough to sit with the highest reading group in the class when we read aloud to the teacher, but it just didn’t grab me. Later, in high school and college, I read… Read More

Senior Painter Saves Big

Since I closed my publishing business and wrote my last (for now) book, I have taken up acrylic painting. Art supplies are expensive, especially if you want to paint on cradled panels. A cradled panel is a piece of plywood or hardboard with a frame on the back of it. You can hang it directly… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 9

Chapter 10, question 7 I found this quote from Alan Watts striking: “Belief clings, but faith lets go.” Faith lets go of being right, of having answers, of knowing the passwords, of being in the club, trusting that Love will work it out in the end. I have been working for years on letting go,… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 8

Chapter 5 question 2 2. As an unchurched unbeliever, I was taught my Simplicity ideas by the culture. God and Santa Claus both watched over me to catch me doing something wrong. If I did wrong, I would be unrewarded: no presents/ no heaven. My folks taught me right and wrong in a secular way.… Read More

New Book Launch

On May 1, 2021, The Blindness of Odile will be available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle (e-book). To encourage you to order, the Kindle version is on half price sale at $1.99, and you receive it instantly. Of course, the paperback ($14.99) can be signed by the author (me) when I see you. The… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 6

Chapter 8, question 1 [Write a letter to your former self from your current perspective] Dear Pam, Relax. You are good the way you are. You don’t need to aspire, strive, try to be perfect, outshine others, or gain recognition to be happy. In fact, all that stuff will be the source of your misery… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 5

Chapter 7, question 6 The six foundational moral values: I never really heard of these so clearly listed. I see them as ranged from low to high. The lowest are not really moral at all: what is purity? Virginity? Unmixed blood? Bathed in soap and water? Purity seems to me to be a label to… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 4

Chapter 2, question 4 The main apologetic I read was Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. It made me cry and affected me a lot when I first read it. Later, I read a critique saying that apologetics are to make you believe. Faith needs no apology. So, I am conflicted about it. When Lewis says,… Read More

Pam Answers McLaren 3

This is one of a series of blogs in which I respond to some of the questions asked by Brian McLaren in his book Faith After Doubt. The book spoke to me deeply since I am living through a dark night. Heads up: my answers are personal and unfiltered. They may make you mad or… Read More