Hi there friend, and welcome to my blog. I started writing on the internet more than ten years ago, first anonymously as “pilgrimgirl” and later under my own name. I began as pilgrimgirl because at the time I was studying journey narratives and had a feeling as though I was starting on a new path with an unknown destination. Since I began writing online I’ve started and finished a PhD program, left the Mormon church and became a Quaker, got divorced, started a history podcast, found full-time work in academia, took up rock climbing and outrigger canoeing, and traveled across the globe (China! Belgium! Italy! Chicago! Montana! Portland! Gettysburg! and oh-so-many points in-between). For my 38th birthday and 25th anniversary of my bone cancer diagnosis, we (meaning me and you) bought legs for a young double-amputee from China.
You might have happened upon this blog because you’ve heard of my work in the digital humanities or because you are curious about living with a disability or because you are also in the midst of a faith transition. Click on any of the links above to find my posts about those particular topics (or use the dropdown links in the nav bar on the blog header). Or, feel free to read a little bit of anything and everything by using the archive links on the right sidebar.
This blog is eclectic and random–it has poetry and cooking and books. And cats. And flowers. And the ocean (my ocean). But in that sense it’s a good reflection of me and my wide-ranging, far-reaching, magpie curiosity.