• Why I Quit Teaching and Will Never Go Back

    Meg Larsen August 19, 2021

    I’ve written this essay over a dozen times since I first sat down to write it in May of 2020. I keep waiting for enough time to pass that my words aren’t clouded by emotion, but time keeps passing and the feelings are still there.

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  • The Original Chopped Salad

    Meg Larsen March 3, 2021

    If you have ever been to Arizona and you haven’t eaten at Citizen Public House, shame on you. Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale is one of the best restaurants in the city, famous for its laid-back elegance, world-class American cuisine and craft cocktails, and you guessed it, their chopped salad.  The lore behind the Original Chopped Salad is similar to that…

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  • What I Learned From Daniel Tiger Today

    Meg Larsen February 25, 2021

    The day had started so well. Then, as happens all too often when you’re a parent, things went awry.  My mom was due to fly in at 11:30 am and I was ecstatic because I hadn’t seen her in six months. She’d spent almost a month with us in July after my son James was born, but her October trip was canceled when my uncle got Covid and our Christmas…

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  • Saying F*** Doesn’t Make You a Feminist

    Meg Larsen February 17, 2021

    For mature audiences only–mature in the sense of age, not necessarily disposition. In fact, those who possess the maturity of the former but not the latter may benefit most strongly from the point of this particular article. The other day I was scrolling Instagram when I happened upon a post from a page focused on women’s empowerment: “Breathe and remember who the f[***] you are.” Wow, so great, am I…

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  • A Story of Two Valentines

    Meg Larsen February 14, 2021

    How We Met: My Story “So, what’s your story?” These were the first words I said to Brad, right before I was about to share my own story–my testimony, in fact–as part of a series of faculty-led breakout sessions during Spiritual Emphasis Week at the high school where we were teaching.  We had seen one another before, but Brad had just started working at the school, so we hadn’t officially…

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  • 6+ Favorite Toys for 6 Months-Olds

    Meg Larsen February 9, 2021

    Right around the time James turned six months old, he learned how to sit independently and roll from his back to his tummy, and our world changed almost overnight (in a really good way). Once James became capable of sitting on his own, the world of play really opened up for him and it’s been so much fun to watch.  Here are the toy highlights from this month:  1. Discovery…

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  • Is New Age Demonic?: A Christian Guide to Discussing Other Ideologies and Movies Like Soul That Contain Non-Christian Influences

    Meg Larsen February 7, 2021

    I think one of the most difficult parts of Christian fellowship is grappling with the fact that sometimes even God-fearing individuals who share the same worldview and who love one another deeply, will disagree. This article came about in response to a disagreement I had recently with a close friend about the new Disney Pixar movie, Soul. My friend is a new mom who loves the Lord and who loves…

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  • The Unguided Guide to Sleep Training

    Meg Larsen February 2, 2021

    I can’t, in good conscience, title this article a sleep training guide, because in the process of sleep training James, I have become convinced that there cannot possibly be a single ideal way of training “the universal child” how to sleep.   The fact that “sleep” and “training” are even two words that need to appear in the same sentence baffles me.  I mean, as an adult, I’d like nothing more…

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  • BLW at 6 Months: Are You Insane?!

    Meg Larsen January 30, 2021

    Okay so I don’t actually think people who start baby-led weaning at six months are insane, but holy heck it has not gone well for us. A couple of weeks ago, James had his six month well-baby appointment at the pediatrician’s office and she cleared him to start all the food (except the standard baby no-no foods like whole grapes, nuts, and honey). Prior to this, James had started to…

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  • I’m Also Looking for His People

    Meg Larsen January 25, 2021

    Yesterday I wrote an article entitled, “I’m looking for my people,” where I expressed my desire to see more perspectives that align with my own complicated middle-ground. In that article, I looked at the challenge of moderation from a political standpoint, but I also want to look at it from a Christian one.  One of the greatest challenges facing the American Christian today is reconciling their religious beliefs with their…

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