Ellie Roscher

“We can live any way we want. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience— even of silence—by choice. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting.” Annie Dillard

Ellie Roscher is the author of How Coffee Saved My Life and the Director of Youth and Story Development at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary, writes for Keeping Faith Today and edits for Avenida Books.

More of Ellie's writing can be found at Womusings

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Naming Needs

Aug 21

Naming Needs

Leading up to my birthday, both of my sisters independently texted my spouse asking for ideas on gifts that would indulge me a bit. Not sure how to respond, one night on the couch he fished, “Ellie, if you were to pamper yourself, what would you choose to do?” Without making eye contact or breaking stride, I snorted, shook my head and said, “I have...

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Making it Hard to do the Wrong Thing

Jul 24

Making it Hard to do the Wrong Thing

In June, Susan and I taught a Creative Writing Course on the campus of Macalester College. The campus is striving to be trash free by 2020. I know this because they promote the goal well around campus with signs. They don’t stop with words and awareness, but have also made significant structural decisions that are moving the campus toward success. There was no...

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What Courage Sounds Like

Jun 21

What Courage Sounds Like

Today Susan, one of Enough’s writers, shared with me the last paragraph of Abraham’s Verghese’s forward for Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Turns to Air: Be ready. Be seated. See what courage sounds like. See how brave it is to reveal yourself in this way. But above all, see what it is to still live, to profoundly influence the lives of others...

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Trashed

May 09

Trashed

I’ve been watching with pride and curiosity as my amazing friend, Chrissy Storlie, tries to eliminate trash from her life. I’m thrilled she agreed to write a guest post for Enough on her process. Enjoy! —– It started as a clichéd New Year’s resolution, which I had vowed to give up years ago, but my motivation to make this change happened just...

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The One Right Thing

Apr 20

The One Right Thing

I am one of those people who is constantly, narcotically thinking about self-improvement. It’s exhausting. So naturally, I’m also thinking about how to improve on being a person obsessed with self- improvement. I recently made a breakthrough about my improvement systems, if you will. It’s not new, I just remembered it, again, finally, thankfully....

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