Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



October 2011




Written by , Posted in faith, life

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Its latest incarnation began as a Facebook thread in which my friend Joy asked whether any female bloggers might be able to use tickets to a popular women’s conference.

Tamara: Well, I’m close enough, but I’m afraid Christian women’s conferences make me a little belligerent. 😯

Joy: HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I’d love to read the post you’d write about it. 😀

Tamara: Well, dang. Maybe I should go. Just for kicks & blog posts. 😉

Joy: I went to the [passive-aggressive sounding]conference last year. (What kind of name is that? It sounds hokey outside the church.)  Anyway, it was better than I expected. But I might see it differently now. 😕

Tamara: Just looked at the dates– it’s this weekend. I think Bryan and I will see Rent instead. No day but today. 🙂

Joy: *gasp* You’re picking RENT over [popular women’s conference]? You heathenness. 😀

Tamara: I’ve been to women’s gatherings and Rent before. Rent makes me feel better.

When I look back at this conversation, two truths glare at me: Joy and I use an overabundance of emoticons, and, perhaps worse, I have serious lady issues.


Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

  • ultrajoesewell

    OK, insanely curious about the P-A conference name. 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Hahaha, I’ll never tell! But the post is actually up at Deeper Story now so you can at least read the rest of the story. 🙂 (I set it to go out at the wrong time– d’oh!)

  • http://conchsaladesque.wordpress.com lovelylici1986

    I looove RENT. Seeing it live would be awesome.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      If you ever get the chance, you must take it!

  • http://gravatar.com/nonstepmom Nonstepmom

    Thank you, I stopped going to such things as well! Besides feeling staged, I feel unless i walk out with a southern accent, hands in the air shouting “praise Jesus” as the rest of them, I must’ve missed something (& that never happens!). I also prefer musicals, God knows he’ll find me at home with the kids watching Annie or Blue Man Group.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      He does know just where to find each of us. 🙂

  • http://EtiquetteFromTheTrenches.wordpress.com Life From the Trenches

    Love Rent. The music makes me cry – can’t imagine seeing it live. I have an instant aversion to the way women talk at those conferences. There’s a certain cadence and accent that everyone seems to adopt. Makes me want to say inappropriate things at inappropriate times. (I guess I share your belligerent problem.) I do love being around people with a deep faith. I just have a hyper-sensitive “fake” or “meaningless” words sensor. And I think a lot of the time I’m in the wrong. I’m too quick to label something fake and I call things meaningless because I don’t take the time to appreciate the simplicity of some truths. Or else I just have frustration issues due to my inability to keep the inappropriate statements inside. Glad to know I’m not alone!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh you’re definitely not alone– on *any* of those issues. 😉

  • http://www.larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    I’ve made up my own rural version of Rent.
    “Five hundred twenty-five cows and six hundred chickens…”

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Hahaha! Love ya, Larry.

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  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    That was awesome. I have yet to see Rent (please don’t disown me), but it’s mostly due to lack of opportunity. My wife doesn’t like musicals.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Holding out hope you’ll get to see it some day– it’s not like any other musical!

  • http://love146.org/ Rob Morris

    Loved this Tamara!

    Seeing Rent for the first time was actually a defining moment in my life and faith. I saw it when it first opened on Broadway with the original cast. Even camped out over night with the “Rent Heads” to snag the $20 front row tickets. It was a cold night in sleeping bags on that NYC sidewalk. But the sense of community with people from every walk of life, spending the night and sharing our stories quickly warmed it up.

    I was absolutely leveled during that moment in the show when each actor, one by one walks to the front of the stage, and sings; “Will I lose my dignity? Will someone care? Will I wake tomorrow from this nightmare?” The chorus of the entire cast singing these words over and over again, with very real tears coming down their faces (at that point they weren’t acting anymore), utterly broke me as I was reminded of the cry of every human heart as well as my own. I’ll never be the same. No conference has ever come close to producing the transformation that began in me that night. A transformation that led me to embracing the ache of my own brokenness as well as the brokenness of others. Thanks for the flashback & reminder Tamara.


    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That sounds like an amazing experience, Rob. And yeah– it breaks me a little every time I see it, and I’m always grateful for it.

  • http://twitter.com/timcthefilmguy Tim Cocking (@timcthefilmguy)

    I’m glad my wife shares your aversion. I could never marry a women who enjoyed those. I think there are a whole lot of guys who find them slightly creepy.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara


  • http://wanderingwrites.wordpress.com lizzie mcmizzie

    Rent tends to instigate more profound conversations anyways, if you ask me! 🙂

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