This post is a FIRST. With the help of my technologically-inclined son, Nathan, I’m uploading my first video: an author interview. Last week, I interviewed Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today’s managing editor, about her new book, A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. We talked specifically about a Christian vision of work, the mommy wars, and the process of book writing. ( I apologize in advance for extraneous “likes” or “you knows.” Additionally, there are points in the video where our internet connection gets a little wonky.)
Joe Dudeck has been a friend for a near decade now, but only in more recent years have I come to know Joe’s passion as a photographer. (I have him to thank for the lush landscape of green I have as my header image.)
I think both Joe and I have traveled artistic calling like a windy, country road – he as a photographer, I as a writer. With a will to see, we headed somewhere: without landmarks, without a clear sense of destination, only knowing the deep desire to follow the curves where they led.
Lorna Dueck produces and hosts the Canadian television show “Context with Lorna Dueck,” a weekly broadcast which explores current events from a Christian perspective. She also writes for the Canadian national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, about the intersection of faith and public life. During her 20+ years in media, Lorna has accumulated some impressive awards:
(From her website) “A winner of Canadian Church Press and Word Guild Awards, Lorna was presented with the Leading Women Award for her outstanding contributions to the fields of media and communications. And in 2009, she was awarded the “Distinguished Christian Leadership Award” from Providence College and Seminary in Manitoba. In 2012 Lorna was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canadian Society.”
I am a mother. Five children in seven years: yes, I am a mother.
I am also a wife, daughter, friend, neighbor, even an author now. There are so many parts of me that cannot be reduced to “mother.”
I am a mother nonetheless – although this year has been different than the eleven previous. This past fall, I sent my youngest two off to school (and the older three for that matter), and I did it in order to write a book, a book about desire. Although writing a book has required me to ship my kids off to school between the hours of 9 and 3 (notice, we only use the verb, “shipping,” in the context of children and school when we mean to indicate gross maternal selfishness and neglect), I wonder less now if it was a selfish thing to want and to do. I think I’m (finally?) over the guilt of this.