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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.

The Devil is in the Backstory

AngelThumbby Deana Chadwell  10/28/13
These days, when one horrifying news story after another whizzes past us like ninja stars, it’s easy to give in to the desire to curl up in a fetal position and despair. More » • (1494 views)

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The Rock and the Hard Place

Darwinismby Deana Chadwell
Caught between granite and basalt, between snakes and spiders, between goblins and ghouls — what remains of America is spinning round and round unable to figure out what to do next. More » • (1498 views)

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Of Guilt and Gratitude

GuiltThumbby Deana Chadwell
Often when I have conversations with my more liberal friends and relatives I am perplexed at the refusal to engage in factual exchanges, at the personal ferocity involved, and at the deep confusion about Christianity that usually seeps to the surface just before the final wig-out. More » • (1041 views)

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way?

JusticeThumbby Deana Chadwell
The truth is I really don’t want to talk about this – I think I’ll scream if I have to hear the names T_____ M_____ and G_____ Z_____ again. More » • (1287 views)

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Hope and Change

RealHopeThumbby Deana Chadwell
Millions of folk – both dead and alive – voted for that five years ago. Hope and change. Well, Obama’s been long on change and way short on hope, but I’m beginning to believe that hope is alive, well, and impatient for us to catch up. More » • (583 views)

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A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part V

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part V – Of Salads and Dysfunction • It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “A nation divided against its self cannot stand.” He was speaking in a context of civil war so his words carried that weight. The statement demands consideration in today’s context as well, and it brings me to my fifth step in re-establishing an America of promise – we have to start thinking of ourselves as Americans first. More » • (1063 views)

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A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part IV

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part IV – The Faceless, “Omnipotent” They • In previous sections of this series I’ve concentrated on what’s wrong with all of us – which is all we have real control over. This week I’ll get around eventually to picking on you and me, but I’m going to start with Them. More » • (1717 views)

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A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part III

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part III – There Oughttabea Law • That natural gut-level reaction to any outrageous situation has plagued mankind for millennia. We see someone picking his nose in public and we think, “There oughttabea law.” More » • (704 views)

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A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part II

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part II – The Specter of Sigmund and Ghosts of Christmas Past • Let’s say we start to pay more attention to words and the deception that saturates our culture (Part 1 – Calling a Spade), we still have other serious chores to take care of if we are to resuscitate the greatness of our nation. More » • (818 views)

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A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part I

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part I – Calling a Spade • “In the beginning was the Word…” The Apostle John begins his gospel with this phrase and in so doing places language in a pre-eminent position. After all, our universe was spoken into existence, so it is not surprising that our national salvation depends also on words. More » • (1301 views)

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Throwing a Fit for Fairness

Fairnessby Deana Chadwell
Picture this: a 3-year-old throwing a temper tantrum, kicking and screaming and rolling on the floor. His lower lip is pooched out in a prize-winning pout, his fists clenched. What does he say? “It’s not FAIR!” More » • (1013 views)

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The Space Between

MosesThumbDeana Chadwell
Here we are, thoroughly into the 21st century and America finds herself up against the greatest dilemma of her 237 years – what do we believe? All of the problems we now face swirl around that question and the corollary storms that spin off from it. More » • (1013 views)

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