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Tuesday

5

July 2011

12

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TOL Treasure: “Adventures in Vacation Bible School and Pole Dancing”

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I hope you’ll enjoy last year’s post while I work on plans for this year’s VBS, perhaps with fewer celebrity characters and corkscrew spins but hopefully with just as much fun. _____________________________________________________ It all started with a simple email. My friend Stacey was rounding up volunteers for our church’s summer vacation bible school, and since my gaggle of children makes up an overwhelming percentage of the attendees, I felt compelled to put in some time. She asked me how I’d like to help, and this was my ever-so-eloquent reply: I’m fine with leading if it’s something I’m good at. So, [...]

Thursday

23

June 2011

11

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TOL Treasure: “First-World Complaint”

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I wrote “First-World Complaint” a year ago and decided to share it again now in honor (or in protest, in my particular case) of summer’s arrival. Read all the way to the end for this year’s update. You won’t believe this shit. ________________________________________________________ I realize things could be much more devastatingly worse, but still: There is nothing that can so inspire the F-word to come spewing from my mouth as manually vacuuming the pool. To begin with, more often than not, the lid of the skimmer will be pressed so firmly in place that I will come away from its [...]

Monday

20

June 2011

41

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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 [...]

Monday

11

April 2011

139

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

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Humans and deities notwithstanding, music and literature have always been my two greatest loves. When I was a child, daughter of long-working parents and sister of a much younger brother, I spent a lot of time alone. But I wasn’t lonely; at least not when I had my records. I’d pop my yellow plastic spindle adapter into my little 45 rpm records so I could play them on the standard record player. I spent happy, uncounted hours transported by songs and stories to places where little girl imagination danced carefree. And songs and stories, they still do that to me. [...]

Thursday

7

April 2011

27

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Tuesday

5

April 2011

18

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Tamara at A Deeper Story!

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I’m thrilled to announce that, beginning with my first post at the end of April, I will be contributing monthly to A Deeper Story. If you’ve never visited there, please do– it’s a collective of talented authors committed to telling stories of Christ and culture. I’m humbled to join them. (You can see my bio here!)

Monday

4

April 2011

24

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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 [...]

Wednesday

30

March 2011

6

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Thursday

24

March 2011

8

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New Post At BlogHer!

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BlogHer was kind enough to syndicate another of my posts today, and I was daft enough to forget to tell you. So my poor little post is sitting there all unviewed. I think I can hear it sniffling. Would you please have a visit and share it with your word nerd friends? I promise it’s a fun post and not nearly as lame as its author.

Tuesday

22

March 2011

79

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Wes Draws, You Win!

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What’s going on: Illustrator Wes Molebash, whose art is featured today on Tamara Out Loud, has generously offered to create a free custom drawing for one of my readers! He can draw anything you’d like, from your favorite superhero to your family portrait. But no nudes. That makes him blush. What you can win: A black-and-white, 5 x 7 picture drawn with archival inks on 2-ply cardstock. How you can enter: Check out Wes’ free stuff and then let me know on the form below which is your favorite. This is the only requirement for entry; no purchase necessary. Do [...]