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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.

What a Tangled Web

Tangleby Deana Chadwell9/1/16
As we grope toward election day we’re hearing more foggy thinking than most of us can process on the spot. We hear people say, like a broken record, that the sluggish, dwindling economy is Bush’s fault. More » • (913 views)

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Vote with Your What?

StatueDavidby Deana Chadwell7/23/16
I’m tired of people boasting that they are “voting with their conscience.” I was confused and appalled to hear Ted Cruz utter those words the other night. Does anyone even know what that even means? More » • (3100 views)

Posted in Politics | 188 Comments

To Think or not to Think

FlummoxedBabyby Deana Chadwell7/16/16
Thinking has gone out of style; it’s not trending. People don’t even seem aware that thinking is an activity with strict rules and straightforward outcomes. In a thinking society a person can confidently put forward the following syllogism: More » • (896 views)

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by Deana Chadwell7/8/16

November wedding
Martell, Nebraska
White steepled church
Old stained glass More » • (431 views)

Posted in Poetry/Prose | 2 Comments

Five Questions

Jesus1by Deana Chadwell6/22/16
Please note that when I use the word “Christianity” I refer to essential theology as discovered through study of the Bible, not to “churchianity,” the elaborate, human construct that includes ritual, cant, legalistic rules and regulations, the accumulation of wealth, and the construction of hierarchies. More » • (1276 views)

Posted in Religion | 24 Comments

Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

SoulBareThumbby Deana Chadwell6/16/16
Pre-ordering available now at A collection of essays, including one by DC  •  I am so excited to announce that in a month a new book will hit the shelves. Soul Bare is collection of essays written mostly by Christian women about their walk with God. More » • (709 views)

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The Sinking Sand

DesertSandby Deana Chadwell6/15/16
For the last century Western civilization has been playing make believe. We have been “slouching toward Bethlehem” across a desert filled with bones and all we seem aware of is the mirage of an oasis out on the horizon. The longer we stagger across these burning sands More » • (1438 views)

Posted in Essays | 38 Comments

Oh, for the Love of God!

LoveOfGodby Deana Chadwell6/6/16
Our society worships many gods and we have built many temples – government buildings, department stores, movie theaters, sports arenas, bars, and universities, to name a few. We bow down to the human body, to sex, to technology, to inebriation, to money, to science. More » • (619 views)

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My Country Was of Thee

Praying-Ladyby Deana Chadwell5/18/16
Our father’s God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing. More » • (1003 views)

Posted in Essays | 35 Comments

To Trump or not to Trump

TrumpFiredby Deana Chadwell5/5/16
That is the question: Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the presidency of Hillary Clinton, or by voting Trump risk the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Aye. That is the rub. More » • (1960 views)

Posted in Politics | 66 Comments

Tell the Ghosts

CastleGateby Deana Chadwell4/17/16
Remember playing cops and robbers, reading about Nancy Drew and the thieves she was trying to catch, hearing stories about St. George and the Dragon? Good vs. evil – always the same theme. More » • (1051 views)

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Slouching Toward Washington

QuestionThinkingby Deana Chadwell4/1/16
I’ve lived through and paid attention to elections going all the way back to Eisenhower. Each time, people chose up sides, whacked away at the opponent, and the votes fell where they fell. More » • (803 views)

Posted in Politics | 18 Comments