Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor

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Thursday

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March 2015

18

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Tuesday

13

January 2015

7

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How to Be a Writer

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The small man Builds cages for everyone He Knows. While the sage, Who has to duck his head When the moon is low, Keeps dropping keys all night long For the Beautiful Rowdy Prisoners. –Hafiz The plan for January was to blog my ass off. There’s a format for being a writer, you know, and it goes something like this: Blog, blog, doubt yourself, blog, promote, promote, hate yourself, promote, platform-build, platform-build, avoid yourself, platform-build, repeat ad nauseum, publisher-court, publisher-court, sell yourself, publisher-court, get lucky–maybe–and then what? So I posted nothing at all til mid-month. I did it for years, […]

Wednesday

25

June 2014

7

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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

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April 2012

10

COMMENTS

A Sacrifice to All the Wrong Gods

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There is a certain weight around which I feel most comfortable and confident, and I was about seven pounds beyond it when I went to speak at the Killer Tribes Conference a few weeks ago. I was not thrilled about this fact. But people paid attention anyway. They even said I kicked ass, not that mine was too big. And as I went on my only run of spring break (for which I had so optimistically packed five workout outfits), a few words about the lies I’m given to believe came to mind, and I’m sharing them at A Deeper […]

Thursday

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March 2012

32

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A Letter to My Rapist

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As I’ve been reading, re-reading, editing, and deliberating over a throng of submissions for What a Woman is Worth, I’ve held up. Mostly. For every heartbreaking essay, there is one that heals, and I am grateful and hopeful for the good each will do. But a good friend pointed out that maybe I might be getting a little immersed in the mire, and she didn’t want me to get stuck. So I wrote a letter that all this emotional book work inspired, a letter that was far more important to write than it would be to send, and I am […]

Tuesday

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February 2012

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Aw, Hey, Fella

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Aw, hey, fella– I heard you were havin’ A real hard time. All those naughty gals, Sitting at the front of the bus– Gosh, how coudja Turn your eyes away? So much safer To just put ’em in the back. Aw, hey, fella– Whatcha gonna do When a pretty lady’s Not ashamed of what she’s got? Better let her know Just what nasty names you’re thinkin’ ‘Cause it’s so much easier Than changing whatcha think. Aw, hey, fella– You just can’t help it; You gents are visual creatures. And gosh, gee, fella– We gals are mental creatures. You really oughta […]

Friday

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February 2012

24

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Permit a Woman to Speak

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There was much to-do on the Internet yesterday over a famous pastor and his ideas about the “feel” of Christianity. And the whole thing– yet another in a tiresome succession of divisive, hurtful arguments among the people who are meant to radiate Christ– was just too much for me. So I said only, “Grateful that Christianity is defined by Christ and not by famous pastors.” That sucker got re-tweeted and “liked” like nobody’s business. And everyone, with their own particular leanings, might well have imagined a different famous pastor as they raised amen with the click of a mouse. No matter […]

Wednesday

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November 2011

4

COMMENTS

A Church Where I Want to Stay

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I’ve lately begun to suspect that the Church is not wholly bent on my sweeping displeasure and total alienation. To be sure, it has done a fine job of putting me off in the ways of particular denominational doctrine, and it has lent handily to my exasperation at church-lady culture. But lately it has missed the piss-me-off mark: In my church last week a woman served communion. *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Wednesday

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October 2011

18

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Rent

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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 […]

Wednesday

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September 2011

36

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Call for Responses to “What’s a Girl Worth?”

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When I wrote “What’s a Girl Worth?” on Monday I couldn’t anticipate the widespread, profound response it received. It resonated with women, and also men, who had struggled to believe their own worth; it struck men, and also women, who realized the impact of their attitudes; it stirred compassion and righteous anger across genders. @tamaraoutloud Often when you tell your story, it mirrors mine. You give voice to my heart and I'm sure countless others. Thank you. xo — Liza (@itslizawithaz) September 19, 2011 But my stories are not so terribly special. The biggest difference between mine and those tucked […]

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