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_MG_8217Hello, friends. I’m the author of a memoir about growing up Mennonite called Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. I was also a college president and professor (Goshen College), and a foundation executive (Fetzer Institute). You can read more on my about page.

I will be the Kilian McDonnell Fellow at the Collegeville Institute during the fall semester 2016. My topic is Jubilación: Vocation in the Third Age of Life. Come along by following my blog and signing up for my one-paragaph weekly email Magical Memoir Moments. 

Most recent blog posts

A Good Man is Hard to Find: Flannery O’Connor

Having just returned from Savannah, I am taking life at a slower pace. One visit from the trip stands out: Flannery O'Connor's childhood home.  I met one of my favorite authors again for the first time. Here, she is! She taught her chickens how to walk backward and...

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The Garden of Good and Evil: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia. Magnolias, Spanish Moss, Palm Trees. Stuart and I are enjoying a beautiful week in the Old South. He is working. But this weekend we are meeting up with six other Showalters and spouses to explore the city. In the meantime, we are getting a head...

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A Mother Blessing: Something to Consider in Your Life?

Last Sunday I participated in an alternative to a baby shower called a Mother Blessing. I knew I would enjoy it because my fun-loving, color-loving, people-loving daughter would be the expectant mother. Not only did I enjoy this event, I was deeply moved. Everything...

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