Tamara Out Loud

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Friday

22

August 2014

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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

Wednesday

25

June 2014

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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.

Wednesday

28

May 2014

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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 [...]

Tuesday

20

May 2014

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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 [...]

Wednesday

14

May 2014

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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 [...]

Wednesday

26

March 2014

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Thursday

20

March 2014

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Cheese Ball Rosary

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I learned two things the other day: We belong to each other, and cheese balls make great rosaries… Come share a taste of life with me at Deeper Story today.

Friday

28

February 2014

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“Twenty-Four Inches to Choose Truth” is at A Deeper Story today

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If you do not know depression, I have to impress upon you this: the choice to fight depression is a rare and precious gift. And I realized that between the top of my bed and the floor was the space my feet would have to swing through to take my own faith step: twenty-four inches to choose truth. “Twenty-Four Inches to Choose Truth” was one of my most-shared posts at this blog, I think because so many people know how hard it can be just to get out of bed some days. Today I’m sharing it again at A Deeper [...]

Wednesday

15

January 2014

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On a Bus Ride of Redemption

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I’m already in my school bus seat when you get on board, so you’re headed right toward me, but I would’ve noticed you anyway. I can always tell my kind. I’m across the aisle from my daughter. She wanted me to chaperone for the theater but not actually sit with her—that honor is reserved for her newest best friend. They’re the girls who talk nonstop but never once to you, and I bet you think I’m in the club, but don’t let my cute shoes fool you. The only difference between you and me is that I’ve had 22 more [...]

Monday

13

January 2014

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A Bit of My Mind, A Lot of My Heart

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I’ve shared a bit of my mind and a lot of my heart at my friend Rachel Held Evans’ blog today as part of a roundtable discussion on what the American evangelical support of Phil Robertson in the wake of his derogatory remarks meant to LGBTQ and black people. I hope you’ll read, think, and join in the conversation.