20 Minutes on Facebook

Every now and then, a blog post or essay comes to me nearly fully formed. I feel more like I'm taking dictation from my brain instead of writing. This doesn't happen often, but it feels great when it does. The post I published on my Patheos blog on Friday, titled "20 Minutes on Facebook," was one of those posts. It's about the contradictions of the online world, compassion fatigue, and when prayer feels both useless and necessary. I hope you'll click through to read it, and tell me what you think.

Ellen Painter Dollar is a professional writer and member of St. James’s Episcopal Church. She blogs for St. James’s every Monday, offering reflections on current events, family life, and parish life.

Ellen Painter Dollar

Ellen Painter Dollar is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012). Her articles, blog posts, book chapters, and books have been published by the Christian Century, GeneWatch Magazine, the New York Times‘s Motherlode blog, OnFaith,Brain, Child Magazine, the Episcopal Cafe, Christianity Today, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation, Virtual Mentor (the American Medical Association’s online journal of ethics), and more. She blogs about faith, family, disability, and ethics at Patheos.