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Who am I?
A writer who has always had a little trouble self-identifying as one. “Reporter” sounded less pretentious to me. Now, no newspaper backing me up. Writer, it is.
A Christian, also with decades of trouble self-identifying as one. Generally, I try to avoid labels, but I’m not what most people mean by conservative and not as liberal as others proclaim. My faith is important to me but not something I talk about anytime, anywhere to anyone. I love the Bible but have issues with many people who quote it and claim they live by it.
I covered religion and spirituality for 15 years for The Oregonian, the largest daily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest.
Why am I blogging?
The other three people in my writing group think it’s a good idea. I see their point, but I feel a bit pretentious contributing. Again, trouble self-identifying. Except that I am learning as I work on this manuscript, and some of my discoveries about the writing process might help someone else.
What am I writing?
My recently published book "Sacred Strangers" is a guide to half a dozen Bible stories that illustrate qualities that those of us who want to live in a more peaceful world need to express, especially to strangers. Guess self-revelation is not my strong suit either.