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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.

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 » • (1480 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 » • (1386 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 » • (1197 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 » • (913 views)

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Reality and Faith

PlanetThingieby Deana Chadwell7/9/15
The Navy has a useful slogan, “Never assume a God-damned thing.” It’s hard to imagine how efficiently things would run if we all followed that motto, how little confusion would beset us, yet we habitually take off half-cocked on assumptions we barely examine. More » • (2063 views)

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Rainbows and Demons

RainbowsAndDemonsby Deana Chadwell7/4/15
Ever pick up a rock and find its underside crawling with creepy things? I’m afraid I have. It would be nice to just put the rock back where I found it, but I can’t. It’s too much in the news these days; More » • (1431 views)

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Open Letter to Liberals

DoubleArrowsby Deana Chadwell6/18/15
Let’s be real here – you and I are not going to compromise, let alone agree, but it’s important that we at least understand each other. I personally know and adore many people on your side of things, but we peer out of our heads at two entirely different worlds: More » • (1756 views)

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A Phobiaist’s Complaint

ATempleby Deana Chadwell5/20/15
I am so confused. Perhaps the progressives are correct and we right-wingers are inadequately subtle and nuanced in our thinking. I know that liberals speak out against labeling and stereotyping More » • (1287 views)

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The Haunting at Heceta Head

LIghthouse2by Deana Chadwell5/15/15
Some places just ooze history. Some strange kink in the space-time continuum links us back to events, to people, to ways of life foreign and almost impossible to understand, to lives lived with ferocious intensity and dogged determination. More » • (2124 views)

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The Four Horsemen of the Education Apocalypse

FourHoursmenApocolypseby Deana Chadwell5/6/15
America watches in horror as ravaging mobs of young, mostly black, people tear through American towns burning cars and businesses, looting and vandalizing, screaming obscenities and mindless chants. More » • (2890 views)

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The Chalkboard Walk and Parisian Geography

EiffelTowerby Deana Chadwell4/28/15
My brain stores strange things.  I know that the Beauvais Cathedral in France was never finished because, at 158 feet tall, its architecture extended beyond the strengthening physics of the flying buttress.  It collapsed three times. More » • (843 views)

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Indispensible Dichotomies

Face2by Deana Chadwell4/28/15
Whether we’re dealing with congressional politics, or religious diversity, or moral issues, it seems we end up in a morass so sludge-filled with sodden thinking that we make no progress. We slog along with phrases like “reach across the aisle,” or “your truth is not my truth,” More » • (2043 views)

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