Tamara Out Loud

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September 2014

Friday

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COMMENTS

What Your Selfie REALLY Says About You

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My tween daughter shared a selfie on Facebook, and what caught me was her eyes. The comments rolled in — “gorgeous! so pretty!” — and they were true. But they didn’t tell her the whole truth. So I will. Join me at A Deeper Story today to learn what your selfie REALLY says about you.

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September 2014

Thursday

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Before It All Went Dark

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They say, “Never forget,” but I do forget. I have long since forgotten. So I’ll try. I was a very young mommy to a very young boy, and we used to make up songs as we whooshed side-by-side on a swing set older than both of us combined. Planes above us were delights in his eyes, and, through his eyes, in mine. We rode to my campus on the bus, he in my lap, strangers all about, and we smiled back at them with ease. We were fresh new people in a great, bright world before it all went dark. [...]

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August 2014

Friday

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We All Face the Sun Together

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I saw the sand. I saw my own melting-pot family. I saw a topless young mom and her son. I saw the water. I saw an old southern man. I saw an Indian toddler. I saw couples in love. I saw the sun. I saw God at the beach one late afternoon. I’d love for you to join me at A Deeper Story today so you can see too. Photo: Patricia Baumann (c) 2014

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June 2014

Wednesday

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COMMENTS

You Can’t Keep Me Out

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Christianity in general (and Evangelicalism in particular) has a great many vocal, self-proclaimed gatekeepers. They employ a range of scare tactics and subtleties, but the message is the same: “We” are in; “you” are out. This has long been the way of the Christian; it has never been the way of the Christ. Join me today at A Deeper Story for my short piece of spoken word poetry, You Can’t Keep Me Out.

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May 2014

Friday

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COMMENTS

The Fight

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The Fight

You fought for a life that I couldn’t live; I fought for a love that you couldn’t give. We fought and we lost, and we lost one another. Will we ever recover from loving each other?

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May 2014

Wednesday

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COMMENTS

Into the Timeless

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We have time, but only a little (Or does the time have us?) Before we move into the timeless, Which has always moved in us. And in the moment of that meeting Of our past and our always, Perhaps we’ll find our past is present And that our time, it never was.   *** I happened to write this late last night, not sure it really needed posting, and then this morning learned of the passing of Maya Angelou. She was an inspiration of spirit and verse to me, so I offer this as an impromptu and imperfect tribute. May [...]

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May 2014

Tuesday

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COMMENTS

You Can’t Find God

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Where is God? Let me tell you something right off and save you from my own futile experience: You can’t find God. You can’t find God because God isn’t hiding. God is in the truth because God is the truth. You can’t find God– but you can meet God. And if that’s what you want, then you have to go meet God the most honest way you can. Because the God who is Truth does not live among lies. So go meet God as your most honest you. If for you that’s in writing, God is there. If it’s in [...]

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May 2014

Friday

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COMMENTS

You Kick Like a Girl

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Natalie is 11. She’s been a gymnast– and a damn good one– since she was 4. Girl has quads like you wouldn’t believe, sprints ahead of the pack when they run laps during workouts. She’s an athlete to the core, and she knows it, and she loves it. She is who she is, and she is strong. Her PE teacher told the class yesterday that they’d do better in their kickball game if they alternated at bat beginning with the boys. She said it would start them stronger for the game. Natalie was incensed. One sentence, to knock down everything [...]

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May 2014

Wednesday

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Am I Qualified to Marry?

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“Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love.” — U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale When I read this, my first thought was that it was right on in capturing why anti-marriage laws are so injurious and unjust. But what quickly jumped out at me next was the phrase “unqualified to marry.” It made me wonder what qualifies [...]

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May 2014

Sunday

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If motherhood ever stresses you out, this one’s for you.

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If you’re anything like me, you find motherhood to be tiring, stressful, and overwhelming. You wonder how in the hell you’re supposed to raise thriving human beings when you can barely get your own ass in gear three-quarters of the time. You stay up some nights, heartsick, worrying whether your kids will make it safely through the week in public school, let alone through life. You fuck it up, and you let them see it, and you cry together, and maybe you even pray. If you’re anything like me, motherhood is one of the hardest things you know. And you [...]