Ladies and gentlemen, I’m glad you’re here.
You’ve found the place where I pour my best and look for you to help me add sparkle. RubySlippers is where I took the ideas of my first book (Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home) and follow that yellow brick road further up and further in.
I write about the things that draw me and intimidate me: femininity, sexuality, feminism and faith. And I’ve found a company of intelligent scarecrows, courageous lions and stout-hearted tin woods women to join me. I hope you’ll link arms with us as we hunt for home.
Maybe you didn’t think femininity, sexuality, feminism and faith topics could all blend together?
I didn’t either, until… well if someone had just taken time to look at the art I created in high school they could have predicted this. I painted watercolors of Saudi women on Huntington Beach. I drew a woman slipping a wedding band onto her husband’s finger. I painted Victorian and Afghan women. I pen-and-inked a life-sized Mary Magdalene with my face, with a nail dripping blood. I painted Golgotha.
And no, I didn’t wear black. I wore Victorian skirts in high school. And, ironically, I still found myself accepting the Prom Queen crown. I’ve always loved people and despite (because?) of my romantic, idealistic, curious side, people like me back.
Now, I write about trusting God with something as wild as sexuality.
I’ve been married 11 years to Dale Fincher, an old soul who makes me feel young and brilliant. Our son, Finn, is nearly three and keeps us aware that our world is something we create then release.
I live in an aspen forest where we see mountain lion, bears and elk. Oh my!
Sketching and watercolor help me, daily.
I feed the birds.
In case you wanted a serious biography:
Eight years ago I co-founded Soulation (soulation.org), a non-profit dedicated to helping others become more appropriately human. Dale and I work as a national speaking/writing team. We recently co-authored our first book together, Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk.
I’ve written regularly on my personal blog blending women and spirituality (RubySlippers.org) for five years. I co-author a blog on women and friendship with a female psychologist (ArtofFriendship.org). My first book, Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home (Zondervan, ’07), explains the qualities of a woman’s soul.
And for those who’ve read this far, the tweet version:
Soulation apologist, author of Ruby Slippers, philosopher-wife, feminine feminist, mother of one. #MornSpark