Update and New Writing Outlet!

Tomorrow I will post a long-overdue essay about “routine”, and the sneaky way it creeps up on a body even when still adapting to a new context.

Today, though, I started posting on Patheos.com, as a part of the group blog The Secular Spectrum. I will be posting twice-weekly there, and if I am successful at building an audience, I will get a blog of my own for the site. I am delighted by the opportunity to blend my observations on religion, secularism, Canadian culture, Colombian culture, and world politics in general on that forum. Not only is this a good step towards a different sort of writing success, but it is also a relief to find a more public forum for many of my currently restricted thoughts about the transition to life here.

My first post, A Humanist in Colombia: Lessons for a Hurting World, offers background info for tomorrow’s Colombian presidential election, and outlines a general concern about polarizing politics (in faith and nation-state discourse alike) that should compel us to learn more from the world outside North America. On Wednesday, I will post about something a little closer to North America, but it will still be interweaving global politics with humanist and religious practice.

If you find it worth your while to read my posts on Patheos.com, please consider sharing them with your friends. As with so much online, my ability to succeed as a writer here will be contigent on the “hustle”. To that end, thank you for reading even this far!

Warmest wishes–and a proper, full essay tomorrow!


One Comment

  1. Maggie,

    Hello there! I’m Shem the Penman from the Patheos Nonreligious channel Driven To Abstraction. I wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your writing at Secular Spectrum; “A Better Use for Biblical Pedantry” is one of the most thought-provoking posts I’ve seen on the site.

    Has Dale given you any idea when you’ll get your own channel? I really think you’re a superb writer with an original slant on secular matters and culture. I’m no great fan of the God-is-God-ain’t hoopla that’s so popular at Patheos either, and it would be good to see another channel that discusses issues about culture and knowledge instead of just fundie-bashing.

    Keep up the good work!




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