Author Archive for Laura G Owens

Writer. Blogger. Essayist.

Killing God Softly

…I have no doubt I helped destroy my daughter’s faith in God. As Tina grew up, my higher power shifted from a His Will Be Done Christian to a genderless “divine force in the universe” with good intentions and a wry sense of humor. It’s pretty hard for kids to grab on to God when God is radiant healing energy…

Fluid Gender Identity. I Don’t Understand, But I’m Trying.

When I say confused I’m not saying anything is wrong with the spectrum and fluidity of gender identity; I’m saying I don’t understand how someone can feel like a man one day, female the next or at any given moment, somewhere in-between or entirely genderless? But to quote my 19 year-old daughter, “Mom you don’t need to understand something to…

On Grown & Flown

I’m delighted I found Grown & Flown, a website and blog about parenting older kids (ages 15 to 25). Grown & Flown recently published my essay “Why I Stopped Worrying If My College Daughter Was Lonely” Tina is a thousand times more self-loving and grounded than I was at her age. This is probably why I keep asking if she’s…

6 Ways to Cope With Hillary’s Loss (Or, How To Avoid Making This #@#! Disaster Worse)

From The Huffington Post At about 3:30 am on election night, I moved out of denial and into the bargaining stage of grief. I sat on my bathroom floor and pleaded “Please, pleeease, God, no. Do you know what this means? My daughter just voted for the first time.” About 4am, my husband came into the family room and saw…

God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood

  Excerpted from “God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood” They were last night as I walked in to a Planned Parenthood discussion on “A Celebration of Faith and Reproductive Health.” They’re always there, the voices to protect the unborn. A few protesters waved graphic images of bloody broken babies and held “Planned Parenthood = Murder” signs. A man on a…

4 Kinds of People Who Get Away With Saying Horrible Things (But Shouldn’t).

We’ve all done it, made a horrible comment we wish we could take back. Before I became a mother I once asked a very pregnant friend who mentioned she was going to the beach, “Do pregnant women go to the beach?” “I mean I know they can but do they want to? What kind of bathing suit do they wear?” “The kind made for…

The Orlando Tragedy. What Finally Made Me Cry

After my city’s tragedy, the world’s tragedy, I didn’t cry. Oh my eyes welled up a little, but I was too shocked, too devastated, too in despair to fully release my horror. I could not cry because perhaps if I did, I might not stop. For years and reasons that no longer matter, I’ve learned to place layers of protective…

To Westboro Baptist: We Win

I’ve long been horrified by Westboro Baptist. On the continuum of LGBT haters, they spew the worst anti LGBT post tragedy bile imaginable with such Godly views as: they deserved it. WB is apparently “Orlando Bound” to protest, as they often do, at local funerals of victims of the Pulse tragedy. It goes without saying but it takes a special…

Remember. Advice to my daughter as she graduates high school.

Remember to stand tall. Shoulders back. Head up. Carry yourself with the spectacular you are. The world will treat you as you expect to be treated. You are mighty and deserving. Remember that humility is not the opposite of confidence. Humility is to ask, to listen, to learn and to grow. Remember to apologize. Do this. You must. Remember to…

Sometimes, we the people are just very wrong

There was a time when if my well-intentioned friends apologized for aging racists who said atrocious stuff, just to be polite, I pretended to agree with their lovable excuses. Forgive that generation for they know not what they say! They know. A few years ago my sixty-something neighbor, a nice but tiresome lady, showed up at my door to gently…

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