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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 Wrong Turn

Iamthewayby Deana Chadwell1/14/16
Once my husband and I rounded the wrong bend in the middle of Montana and, being as far from civilization as one can get in the lower 48, we drove a couple hundred miles before we knew for sure we were lost More » • (1197 views)

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To Be, or Not To Be – Offended

ToBeOffendedby Deana Chadwell1/2/16
New York City is proposing a $250,000 fine for using the wrong pronoun in reference to a transgendered person. Really?! How would you know which pronoun to use. Why would a he that used to be a she be upset if one slipped up and used the feminine pronoun? More » • (1486 views)

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Mary Did You Know?

MaryAndJosephby Deana Chadwell12/21/15
That song has been reverberating in my head for a couple of weeks now. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?” Did you know that “when you kiss your baby’s face, you kiss the face of God?” More » • (1292 views)

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Let All Things Now Living

Prayerby Deana Chadwell11/25/15
The time has come for Norman Rockwell, for the gathering, the feasting, the football and I begin to realize that with the climate of the country being what it is we’re likely to lose the holiday we call Thanksgiving. More » • (827 views)

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Sticks and Stones

SticksAndStonesby Deana Chadwell11/16/15
Whoa. The door has swung open and now we can see what’s really in there. Oh my goodness. We see actual grown people, whom we assume to be somewhat intelligent because they’re college students More » • (935 views)

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Morality – What is it good for?

SplatterFlagby Deana Chadwell11/13/15
As the chips continue to fly off the rock that was once America, little by little an icon takes shape – a double stone tablet bearing ancient Hebrew letters, the foundation on which people – ordinary, troubled, imperfect people – have built the most successful of human societies. More » • (862 views)

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Cluelessby Deana Chadwell10/31/15
Evidently human beings are programmed to look for causes. Something goes bump in the night and we grab a flashlight, and maybe a gun, and go searching for the cause. Average temperatures go up for a few years and folks start running around in circles pointing fingers More » • (2113 views)

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Something Wicked

RoseburgDrawingby Deana Chadwell10/4/15
The second witch in Macbeth huddles over the bubbling caldron and declares, “By the pricking of my thumbs/something wicked this way comes.” That was in medieval Scotland. Here, in 21st century America we can see that it has already arrived. More » • (778 views)

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Black Lives and the Death of a Culture

Dancers2by Deana Chadwell9/21/15
“Black lives matter!” say the angry T-shirts and the sloppy signs. My first reaction to that statement is, “Okay. Sure.” And then they start chanting about killing cops and my brow furrows. What?! More » • (1458 views)

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Reality for Dummies

ForDummiesby Deana Chadwell9/2/15
Much in this world is a mystery – the evidence abounds. We know about gravity, for instance, but we have no real idea what it is – we all have moments of clumsiness that leave us cursing that force that yanks us to the ground, but we haven’t a clue how it works. More » • (1383 views)

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Back to School—Really?

BackToSchoolby Deana Chadwell8/14/15
It’s that time again — back-to-school ads fill the TV screen. Football teams sweat through summer practice. Teachers return to their classrooms, hoping against hope to get totally prepared for the year to come. And yet we all know that something is rotten in America’s schools. More » • (1191 views)

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Our National Scorecard

TenCommandsDisplayby Deana Chadwell7/19/15
Nations rise and fall. The fall is inevitable because people build nations, and, broken human nature always breaks out of whatever society has built to contain it. More » • (910 views)

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