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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Beautiful blue skies peek into the upstairs window where we, a handful of church children, listen to our teacher. We’re eager for the story to end as we’ve been promised time on the playground afterwards. I’m six years old and wearing an utterly floral purple and green dress. There’s a little white collar that I love right where my chest is. I have black strap shoes on my feet, but no stockings on my legs. I wish I could wear stockings, but Mommy says that those are for winter and it’s almost summer now. Besides contemplating stockings, I am paying attention. The creation story is strangely intriguing with fantastic images of light and dark just suddenly being. Today the teacher talks... Read more
If you have only heard of Eve, Sarah, or Mary as significant women in the Bible, then you will enjoy reading Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter. This book can be used in two ways. The first is as a reference tool. If you want to know what the servant girls at the High Priest’s House said, you can easily find the references on page 377. Readers can also use this book as a way of entering the stories of each woman in the Bible. Many of them are not named and do not have as many descriptions attributed to them as their male counterparts. In Bible Women, the role of each of these female characters is deemed significant and explored in the text. Hardin Freeman helps readers understand each woman’s role in the context of the biblical narrative. She describes the scen... Read more
Jeannette Cook
[Editor's note: This is a post in a series on egalitarianism and autism. The first post, written by Jeannette's daughter, Katia, can be found here.] I grew up longing for fatherly acceptance and love. My dad was very creative in putting my sister Shari* and I down. Shari’s nickname was Big Pig, and mine was Little Pig. We soon learned that he didn’t think we were very smart. He often sang the following to the tune of a famous classical piece by Schubert: Nette is a gob of goo, And Shari is a gob of goo, too. If we made a childish mistake, he would say we were dumber than four hogs, among other things. We learned to stay out of his way because when he was home and spanked us, it was painful. Thankfully, his spankings were rare, but the verbal abuse was nonst... Read more

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