Tamara Out Loud

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Friday

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May 2012

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You Can’t Say That On TOL

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I think because TOL is a place to say what you often can’t elsewhere, a lot of the guest post submissions I get are either very vulnerable or very boundary-pushing. Posts like these can be wonderful because vulnerability allows for community and connection, and pushing boundaries can create more space to think and grow. You can see that I do a lot of this in my own writing, but what you may not see is that I take a lot of care to walk an often thin and tremulous line between saying everything that I think and saying everything that [...]

Friday

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May 2012

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Mr. Tamara Out Loud Tells All!

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Last week I took your questions for the man who sees me in sweatpants and a night guard and sleeps with me anyway. Today, he’s got answers! Some of them made me tear up, most of them made me crack up– and all of them pretty much made me fall in love with him all over again. Here’s my Bryan. –Tamára _______________________________________________________ bethsciallo: What do you do with the kids when mom is in the writing “zone”?   It depends– when she is writing in the house, there is typically a lot of yelling and screaming (plus whatever noises the kids [...]

Tuesday

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April 2012

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Guest Post: “Second-Best Mom”

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Today’s guest post comes from one of my dearest real-life friends, Sarah Hamersma. Sarah is such an important person to me, it’s hard for me to boil her down to a few words in an intro. So please just get to know her a little here, and be blessed. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ I hate coming up short. I like to succeed, and if there’s a right way to do something, I want to do it that way. Why settle for second-best? We economists actually have a theory of the second-best (bear [...]

Tuesday

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April 2012

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Guest Post: “When You Take Your Twins to Church”

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of my dearest online friends, the incomparable Leanne Shirtliffe of Ironic Mom.  Between her killer wit and her beautiful heart, I was smitten as soon as I met her, and of course I love a gal who’s handy with an innuendo (if you know what I mean). And, like me, she knows that the best way to handle life with twins is to laugh at every opportunity. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ There is nothing quite like suppressing a laugh in church. I do this often [...]

Monday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “Bus Magnet”

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Today’s guest post comes from Ken Hagerman of Rambling with the Barba. Ken has a soft heart and a well twisted sense of humor, which he uses– more often than not together–  to drive home great messages. Enjoy! –Tamára (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ The guy I bought the VW Golf from never told me it was a bus magnet. A couple of weeks back that little green road warrior played a poor man’s Magneto and sucked a bus right into the front fender. It’s not a bad hit but it is a little [...]

Monday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “Whispers on the Road to Damascus”

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Today’s guest post comes from Eva Leppard of The Aspirational Agnostic. I’m excited to share her post about her search for faith because, no matter what our religion or where we are with it, I think a lot of us have doubts and questions, and it’s important to me that this be a place where we can be honest about them and thoughtfully discuss them. Enjoy! –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Being raised as an insistent, dyed-in-the-wool, no-holds-barred atheist does set one up for some personal angst when one (ok, me) realises that [...]

Friday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “Grateful”

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Today’s guest post comes from Shanda Sargent of The Upside Down Pastor’s Wife. Shanda is an all-around beautiful woman, always offering encouragement and love. Her raw honesty and humble words here make an exquisite gift that I’m honored to share. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Stones. Stones in the dirt.  Words in the sand.  I am the girl on the ground.  Earth dirt is on my forehead, my lips, in my hair.  Bits of grit are in my teeth, and my heart is filled with sludge.  Sludge and darkness. Stones. Stones in hands [...]

Thursday

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March 2012

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Guest Post: “An Idiot’s Guide to Driving”

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Today’s guest post comes from Kevin Haggerty of The Isle of Man. Somewhere beneath his unapologetically sarcastic humor is a soft heart, I’m almost totally sure. I hope you’ll enjoy his verbal road rage and let out a little of your own. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ A little while ago, I wrote a post on my blog called “Top Signs You Might Be a Jerk.” It detailed some of the tell-tale determiners that may point to you (or someone you love) being…a jerk. It was all in good fun, but I touched [...]

Friday

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February 2012

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Guest Post: “Like Mother, Like Daughter”

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Today’s guest post comes from Deborah Bryan of The Monster in Your Closet. As soon as I discovered Deb, I was struck by her strength and thoughtfulness, which come through so clearly in her writing. It’s my pleasure to give you a glimpse here. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ “Your mom must be so proud,” seethed the woman’s voice from behind the screen door. Three minutes earlier, I’d been savoring rare moments to myself. Between working full time, commuting an hour each way every day, raising a very young son, and grappling with [...]

Friday

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February 2012

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Guest Post: “Tips to Staying Married from Someone Who Didn’t”

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Today’s guest post comes from Cory Copeland of Mad to Love. Cory is regularly smart, thoughtful, and funny. And for a guy who’s not married, he gives pretty solid relationship advice, too. Enjoy! –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Let me start this post off with a bit of honesty: I have a divorce under my belt. I’m only 26. Winning? I think not. I was married at the tender—yet foolish—age of 19. And though I felt I possessed all the romantic wisdom the world had to offer (who doesn’t at 19, right?!), my [...]