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.

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Extravagant Wastefulness

Oct 19

Extravagant Wastefulness

I dropped my phone in the toilet at the perfect moment. I was working with eighth graders on the topic of social media, identifying the good of technology as well as the need to unplug and enforce some strategic self-restrictions.Concurrently, I had not been walking the walk, instead feeling particularly frantic and busy brained, a feeling that I despise. So when,...

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Hey You Guys

Sep 22

Hey You Guys

What voice should I use when the peacock speaks in Simon’s book? Or when his stuffed dog sings? Do I name his lion or police officer or ladybug when we play pretend? These, and questions like these, fill my head as I play with my son. There are so many micro-decisions to make about gender each day as I teach him about life. And it gets exhausting, in part...

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2nd Chances

Aug 18

2nd Chances

The other day, Emily Mckinley sent the Enough. women a great Dominique Browning article titled “I’m Too Old for This.” We all read it, pumping our fists and walking away feeling inspired and relieved. In the article, Browning talks about the liberating side of turning 60. She starts saying, “I’m too old for this.” She is too old...

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Supermom Syndrome

Jul 19

Supermom Syndrome

I’ve talked to other primary care givers–men and women alike–and they all agree. There’s a voice. It’s external, but not explicit. We’re not quite sure where it comes from, but it is present, persistent, and effective. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts, daily asking, “Are you being a good enough parent?” It...

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‘Bout Time

Jun 15

‘Bout Time

I hate being late. More precisely, I hate running late. Because, with the rare exception, the moment I arrive somewhere and say, “Sorry I’m late,” and find that it’s just fine, the panic stops. Being late is never the problem. It’s the imagining being late that carries with it real dread. Take this morning, for example. I was running...

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