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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.

Lessons Learned from a Baby

LessonsLearnedby Deana Chadwell    4/12/14
Twelve years ago our third grandson was born and then, 18 days later, died. It was not a shock that Conner left so soon; we had known for several months that he was beyond fragile, but what we didn’t know is all that he would teach us in such a short time. More » • (1869 views)

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Changing the World

ChangeTheWorldby Deana Chadwell    4/5/14
Recently I wrote a piece about how Darwinian evolution has affected our society and one of the points I made was that the constant deference given to blind, purposeless change — change for change’s sake. More » • (2561 views)

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Darwin’s Damage

Darwinby Deana Chadwell    3/28/14
Deep in the back rooms of our brains lurk the basal assumptions that we all function on – operating systems of sorts that set the parameters of our philosophies, our politics, our religious beliefs. More » • (2812 views)

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Truth or Dare and the Great Divide

Truthby Deana Chadwell    3/22/14
Recall Obama daring to tell O’Reilly that the IRS harbors not a “smidgen of corruption.” Or picture him saying, over and over, “You can keep your plan.” Now hold that thought as you read. More » • (2510 views)

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Ragtime and the Seven Branches

Ragtiimeby Deana Chadwell    3/7/14
Just after Christmas of 1998 I was in New York with drama students to see plays. One of the best shows we saw that trip was Ragtime. I’ll never forget the opening scene – three groups of people swirling toward each other – the blacks, the upper class whites, and the immigrants. More » • (1761 views)

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Going Somewhere Dangerous

GoingSomewhereby Deana Chadwell    2/28/14
In a little over 200 days we’ll be knee deep in what is quite likely the most important midterm election in United States history. If the makeup of the Senate doesn’t move decisively and dramatically to the right we may have lost everything this country has ever been. More » • (1779 views)

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Job-lock and the Desperate Spin

JobLockby Deana Chadwell    2/21/14
I am so grateful to Obama and Pelosi and Reid. They have, with the passage of only one law, returned us to the Garden of Eden. For over 6,000 years of world history human beings have struggled to survive, working our selves to disease and death, trading our little time on this earth just for enough food to live to work another day. More » • (1511 views)

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Thinking 101

Thinking101by Deana Chadwell    2/15/14
In the early 60’s John McCormick would stand in front of my literature class, his long, boney fingers tented in front of him, his head bowed in thought. Then he’d lift his gaze, look around the class and begin that day’s discussion about the nature of man. More » • (3623 views)

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Striking: The Gordian Knot

GordianKnotby Deana Chadwell    2/7/14
I sit down to write today with a heavy heart. Yesterday our local teachers went on strike. The thought just makes me sick – sick in the same way I feel when I drive by a bad car accident. No. Worse. I know these people. More » • (2144 views)

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Common Core and Union-itis

CommonCoreby Deana Chadwell    2/7/14
Common Core, Common Core, Common Core – it’s all I hear these days as if it were a new monster at the door of the school house, as if it had never occurred to anyone that we were losing control of our children’s education, as if no one had ever before noticed that school texts were full of propaganda. Gees. More » • (1431 views)

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by Deana Chadwell

Stand in a field long enough
and the ripple-plowed
earth will fold around you.
Stare at the night sky long enough More » • (1129 views)

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A Haunting

by Deana Chadwell

A gold and garnet button – a scabbard boss,
Interlocked dragons tangled round a swordless hilt,
A pair of pyramids, intricate in gold and red,
A golden stud inlaid with onyx, garnet and ivory, More » • (730 views)

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