Essays

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I’m Looking for My People

    Meg Larsen January 24, 2021

    Throughout the past year, I’ve endeavored to embrace the differences of opinion I see on the news, on my social media feed, in culture. I rebut the echo chamber of my own ideas that so many seem to insist upon when they chide, “If you believe x, unfriend me now.” But just once it would be nice to read a viewpoint from an intelligent, well-balanced person who sees the world…

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  • Asking For More: My Beef With Modern Books and Shows Like Bridgeton

    Meg Larsen January 21, 2021

    A Note: Some of the essays I write read differently in tone than some of the other content on my blog. The artist in me rebuts being limited to one genre, one voice, or one audience. I would say this essay fits into that category. I hope that’s okay and that you will bear with me as I explore different thoughts and ideas. Something I’ve been recognizing lately is that…

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  • Loving Yourself Through God’s Eyes

    Meg Larsen January 16, 2021

    Last night I was thumbing through my old iPhone Notes and discovered a quote I had written down back in 2013 from the HBO show, Girls.  “You judge everyone and yet you ask them not to judge you.” “Um, that’s because no one could ever hate me as much as I hate myself. Okay? So any mean thing someone’s gonna think of to say about me I’ve probably already said…

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  • My Baby Eats Books: How to Read to Your Infant

    Meg Larsen January 4, 2021

    As a former English teacher, reading to my infant was something I always took for granted as a given. Not only do I have a love of books that I deeply want to share with my children, but I also witnessed first-hand the long-term effects of high-literacy households as compared to lower-literacy ones.  What I didn’t count on was how challenging it could be to read to a baby. Between…

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  • Motivation: Struggling to Follow Through and Focusing on the Essentials

    Meg Larsen May 16, 2020

    I’ve been on a roll the past couple of days when it comes to home maintenance. This evening, while tidying up the house from the day’s activities of projects, chores, and eating, I caught myself thinking, “Gosh, I wish I were always this motivated to keep the house clean.” We all struggle with this right? We love the feeling of a clean and tidy home, but somehow, despite our best…

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