Shari MacDonald Strong

Monday, August 06, 2007

New Zen: Searching for Words

I got to read my new Lit Ma column this weekend at a fundraiser for Write Around Portland. The event was organized by two lovely friends, Michelle Freedman (author of The Ravioli Kid) and Margaret Foley, co-founder of Thereby Hangs a Tale. A number of my friends showed up, including Linera Lucas and Dena DeCastro. Such fun!

This piece -- about God and gender, and about not knowing what to teach my children about God and gender, among other things -- made me particularly nervous because of how I know it would be received by those friends of mine who are conservative Evangelicals (something I once was, before my liberal Quaker days), if they were to find and read it. I've been feeling sad and anxious lately, too -- overwhelmed by sparse summer childcare, a looming deadline, our beloved dog's diagnosis with cancer, the difficulty of living in a too-small house. Life doesn't feel easy these days. It's nice, if the face of all that, to participate in an event that was such fun, and to connect with such lovely people.