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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.

Eleven Commandments and the Color 9

ElizabethWarrenby Deana Chadwell    7/28/14
A few days ago a meme that made me chuckle scrolled down my Facebook screen. The text read, “Trying to understand the behavior of some people is like trying smell the color 9.” No kidding. More » • (1093 views)

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How Deep and How Wide

Israelby Deana Chadwell    7/28/14
Israel isn’t just a country. Therein lies the problem in the Middle East. No one seems to be consciously aware that Israel is the pivot around which the whole world spins. More » • (936 views)

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Truth Telling and the Abuse of Language

Languageby Deana Chadwell    7/21/14
I suspect that there’s a certain amount of thought that can rattle around in a human head without the assistance of language – a certain amount of spatial reasoning, perhaps, a baby’s silent attempt to stack his blocks—something is going on in there. More » • (1458 views)

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Illegal Aliens and Crusade 4.75

Crusadesby Deana Chadwell    7/19/14
When news about the crisis at the Mexican border began leaking into the media my first thoughts flew to the Children’s Crusade. This crusade fits on the timeline between the Albigensian Crusade More » • (2043 views)

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A Summer Rant

Flamingby Deana Chadwell    7/8/14
I have a confession to make: I’ve had it with tolerance. There. I said it. It should be noted that I’m confessing to the 21st century definition of the word, not the original meaning. In 1412 the word tolerance came into English from the Old French. More » • (1556 views)

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The Power of Powers

Rockwellby Deana Chadwell    6/5/14
A few times in my life I’ve had the feeling of traveling through time. Once, on a 4th of July, we took a tour of Paul Revere’s house, and standing in his bedroom, I had the distinct sense that I had invaded a living person’s privacy. More » • (1000 views)

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Syllabus — Advanced Racism 401

Syllabusby Deana Chadwell    5/29/14
Welcome to the class. You are to be commended for signing up for such a rigorous course of study, so rigorous in fact that only the intellectual elite, i.e. those who are forward thinking and left of center will be able to handle the content. More » • (1511 views)

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The Ten Commandments Inside Out

TenCommandmentsby Deana Chadwell    5/24/14
Perversity is the name of the game today – not just sexual perversity, although that does seem to be the favorite, but anything that is traditionally right and good and true is mocked, ignored, degraded. More » • (1781 views)

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In the Fullness of Time

FullnessOfTimeby Deana Chadwell    5/15/14
These days the onslaught of news stories feels like we’ve been caught in the midst of an out-of-control fireworks show – rockets and cherry bombs and roman candles going off every which way, and in such quick succession they seem almost simultaneous. More » • (991 views)

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Rightwing Rules of Engagement

ReaganThumbby Deana Chadwell    4/26/14
It’s true that, at this point in American history, our future looks bleak; the media is backing an unconstitutional president, the moral fiber of the nation has gone slack, and the economy does not look hopeful. Yet, the tide just might be turning. More » • (1878 views)

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This Is Not About Eggs

NotEggsby Deana Chadwell    4/19/14
On a Friday morning 1,984 years ago, on an escarpment known as Golgotha – the Place of the Skull, Roman soldiers drove huge iron nails through the wrists and ankles of Jesus of Nazareth, affixing him to a wooden cross, and then they hefted it upright between two thieves also being crucified that morning. More » • (4193 views)

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At the Core – Human Nature vs. the Test

CommonCoreby Deana Chadwell    4/13/14
Common Core – the phrase sets off a mental picture of a multitude of hungry mouths all trying to nibble off of a shriveled apple, nothing much left but cellulose and seeds. Unfortunately, that’s an apt description. More » • (1590 views)

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