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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.

Those Aren’t Our Values

Ethicsby Deana Chadwell3/26/16
I can actually feel brain cells explode every time I hear that line. That one and, “That’s not who we are.” The nonsense of those sentences needs exploration before someone carves them in stone. More » • (811 views)

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The Donald’s Shaky Foundation

AngryChildby Deana Chadwell2/20/16
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who, deep in their core, are bolted to bedrock, and those who are loaded on wheels, on pontoons, on hang gliders, on whatever will allow them to roll downhill or to float with the winds whenever they come flying. More » • (1484 views)

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Compromise and the Law of the Excluded Middle

CoyoteHelpby Deana Chadwell2/4/16
So much of political talk in the last couple of decades has been about “working across the aisle, “ to “get things done.” These discussions have been filled with a sentimental, kumbaya longing, “Can’t we all just get along?” More » • (1141 views)

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Of Angels and Snakes

Dragonsby Deana Chadwell1/29/16
They’re really the same; at least that’s what the progressive mindset would have you think: it’s all in the eye of the beholder; maybe you have a bias against snakes, but most are good and needed in the natural balance of things. Right? And angels – those aren’t even real. More » • (1259 views)

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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 » • (1199 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 » • (1325 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 » • (833 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 » • (938 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 » • (868 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 » • (2122 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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