Tamara Out Loud

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Monday

20

June 2011

41

COMMENTS

Make Me a Roof Wrecker

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Like so many Southern towns, mine is full of Bible thumpers. They are loud and insistent and zealous that you might come to agree with them. Very often their message is skewed; almost always they draw attention to themselves. Not long ago, one tiny church here managed to cause an international uproar and city-wide embarrassment with its vociferous anger. A walk through our university’s liberal arts plaza is often accompanied by the impassioned shouts of a preacher assuring sorority and fraternity members of their place in hell. Even shopping at a grocery store in this town can be stressful, as […]

Thursday

7

April 2011

27

COMMENTS

Monday

4

April 2011

24

COMMENTS

Spring Break Match-Up

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Spring Break: College Years Spring Break: Parenting Years Wrangle a hot, sweaty guy to help you apply your sunscreen. Wrangle a hot, sandy child who refuses your help with sunscreen. Wet t-shirt contest: No real losers, plenty potential regrets. Wet diaper contest: No real winners, plenty potential rematches. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have no actual fat to show for it. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have copious fat to show for it.    Get a new tattoo; your mom is mortified. Get a new tattoo; your tween is mortified. Return home too hungover to remember […]

Tuesday

22

March 2011

56

COMMENTS

Bacon Eater, Vegetarian Leanings

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It’s my huge honor to introduce you to the illustrator of today’s guest cartoon, the hilarious, gracious, and super-talented Wes Molebash. Wes  is the creator of several comic strips, including the recently released book Max vs. Max, frequent illustrator for Jon Acuff’s blog Stuff Christians Like, and the author of the blog Wes Draws. To enter for a chance to win a free drawing by Wes, see my post Wes Draws, You Win! _______________________________________________________ My friend Jen changed her online photo a while ago, and I told her she looked beautiful. (Okay, technically I blurted, “Hottie!” into my Twitter news […]

Friday

18

March 2011

37

COMMENTS

A Series of Confessions in Which I Impress No One

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It’s been a week since Lent began, and I’m off to a shaky start. For starters, I quite possibly shouldn’t even be writing this post, what with Jesus’ whole thing about not advertising your fast and all. But since nothing I’m about to say will sound remotely impressive, I think I’m going to go with the intent rather than the letter of the law on this one. (So slow your roll, Judgy Judgerson. I know you were itching to go there.) I wrote last week about seeking to give up that which charms me most so that I could focus […]

Thursday

10

March 2011

16

COMMENTS

Lent is for Losing Weight

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In the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, I considered what I might give up to better open my heart to God. I rolled around ideas from Lenten seasons past, and one made me smile at its memory: A few years ago, I gave up sweets for the  full 40 days. I kept my fast religiously– I even refused the small mint offered at a restaurant. And I knew that the idea of the whole thing was to turn toward God hungry, but also– and mostly– I wanted to lose a little weight. As I thought about what I might […]

Friday

25

February 2011

81

COMMENTS

Dumb Words that Are Really Dumb

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I love words; I really do. The right words in the right hands can give expression to the part of man that mirrors God. But some words are just incurably, gratuitously dumb. Redundant Words That Say The Same Thing All Over Again Case in point: Utilize. There is absolutely no need for this word. For 500 years the word use handled things in one succinct syllable. The adaptation of a French word (utiliser, which means– gasp!– “to use”) and consequent additional two syllables did nothing to improve the English language. It merely gave its speakers an opportunity to become more […]

Thursday

10

February 2011

32

COMMENTS

The Parable of the Black Sheep

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I’m afraid I may be just ever so slightly given to paranoia. A friend sent me an email this morning asking to speak with me in person, and I immediately knew it was because of the awful thing I’d done. Problem was, I couldn’t decide which awful thing that might be. I made a frenzied mental list of all the ways I’d potentially hurt, offended, or otherwise sinned against my friend, our church, and humanity in general for the past week. I don’t imagine that this type of response to a friendly email is normal, but it’s normal for me. […]

Thursday

3

February 2011

50

COMMENTS

Looking to the Maker of Trees

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I finally started going to Bible study again last week. I took a few years’ break to be pregnant with twins, birth twins, and survive the first two years with twins. But excuses only work so long, even adorable little matching ones. I was disappointed to learn that we’d be studying with the book You Can Change by Tim Chester, not because I am so ridiculously fabulous and unneeding of change, but because I am so ridiculously cheap and didn’t want to drop $12 for a book to remind me that I’m an asshole. But I know that there are […]

Friday

14

January 2011

26

COMMENTS

When the World Breaks Your Heart

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I think that tragedy shows us something about our hearts. This week, our family lost a dearly loved one. I grieved for my husband’s broken heart at the loss of his lifelong role model. I looked on as embraces turned to tears. I laughed at wonderful memories retold and cried at the sorrow they renewed. And I see that the hearts most filled with love bear the heaviest burdens. Last week, an ill person in Arizona targeted a politician, and 20 people were injured or killed in his rampage. Pointed fingers jabbed across party lines, and vitriolic voices screamed to […]