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8 Things I Have Learned About Urban Chicken Pets

So you’re thinking about getting chickens? Let me give you some advice via my flock of “teenagers” in metro Tampa.

1. If you go to a feed store with chicks: YOU WILL BUY CHICKS.

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Forgotten Tampa: Living on the East Side of I275

I haven’t been here for very long, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I started off in Wesley Chapel, right on the border of Zephyrhills. It’s a small town, country community that is in the middle of suburban explosion (AKA nowhere). There’s a huge new outlet mall, sprawling new subdivisions, and soon a man-made beach and lake community. This place is middle class money.

I hated living there. You have to drive everywhere. You’re miles and miles from the nearest anything. And the closest thing to a traditional “downtown” is Wiregrass Mall. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, but it has no life. There’s no sense of history or community or people making things happen, it’s more like major conglomerates and institutions creating spaces of consumption. Only to eventually die, become eye sores, so new ones can move in again after another 30 years or so. It’s depressing.

So, I wanted to move. Continue reading “Forgotten Tampa: Living on the East Side of I275”

Smoke Machines in Church

I went to a church a while back and there was a smoke machine. Not the same as incense–like a legit smoke machine. There was a remix of Lorde’s Royals as the theme today was something like, “What’s on the throne of your life?” [Pastor’s answers: “God, obviously”.] Upon entering the church, there was a Disneyland Looney Toonish entry way to kids church. It was named something like “Blasting off into faith” or something explosion oriented. Like waiting to go onto the Terminator ride at Universal, there were flat screens counting down to when we could go inside the auditorium.

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Baptism and The Age of Accountability

It happens just before puberty: “the age of accountability”. Chances where that even if you asked to be baptized before 10, your parents wouldn’t let you. You might have asked when you were younger, when it was supposed to be right. I don’t know when I asked, but I imagine my mom explaining it to me like, “It’s when you’re a little bit older, and you start to understand God a little bit more, and you know right from wrong better.”

Yeah. 10 years old. That seems reasonable. Double digits. Continue reading “Baptism and The Age of Accountability”

10 Christian Beliefs We Need Transformed. For Example, Left Behind

I was listening to “That God Show” podcast hosted by Benjamin L. Corey (@BenjaminCorey) and Matthew Paul Turner (@JesusNeedsNewPR). Yes, you should also listen to podcasts. They are awesome, and they are the only thing that makes a commute worthwhile.

Anyway, they were chatting about the new Left Behind movie (that is getting horrible reviews), and they both talked about how they needed to essentially let go of their dispensationalist theology, i.e. the rapture is never going to come. I grew up Church of Christ (immediate family), Catholic (extended family), Pentecostal (school), and now I’m technically Catholic (brainwashed by graduate school). I kind of knew that the pentecostals were into the rapture, but I don’t remember it REALLY being a thing I was taught, and if they did teach it, they taught it bad. Because, I already knew based on my Church of Christ Bible knowledge, that the rapture wasn’t in the Bible. Leave behind, left behind. Continue reading “10 Christian Beliefs We Need Transformed. For Example, Left Behind”

Failing at Lent

We’re one week in and I had big plans for this Lent. BIG PLANS. Then you know what? I failed.

In years past, I’ve done so well. I’ve been so committed. I was a locavore, I gave up googling Justin Bieber. Even when I failed then, it didn’t feel like I failed because my efforts were so noble and sincere. But this year? Nope.

Here were my noble plans for this year:

  1. No processed consumables. No sugar, beer, bread, etc etc etc. Basically, fasting from all the fun delicious addictive stuff.
  2. Do something intentionally creative everyday.

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30+ Things on 30

This is probably me just bragging, but I’m going to list 30 awesome things that I’ve done, or am thankful for, or make me me. I am 30 now, but lots of people still call me a baby. And the other day some 7th graders were arguing about whether or not I look old enough to have children. I guess that’s a good thing? Continue reading “30+ Things on 30”

Podcasting is Hard

A possibly made up statistic: The average podcast lasts 7 episodes. Continue reading “Podcasting is Hard”

Create more. Consume less.

I woke up early this morning. The dog spinning in circles, jumping at my face. She demanded I take her out before coffee. Which I did. A short stroll around the apartment complex she happily relieved herself. I mused about what I might do today, feeling like there was a lot but not really. A long list of things that take little time: clean the bathroom, vacuum, return some emails, and so on. But what do I do? Back up to the third floor. I make my coffee and oatmeal, and them binge watch Netflix. Househunters my drug. I make excuses about it like, “Well, we are planning on buying a house.” Like somehow this is a part of my research. After a few episodes, I think, I should listen to that book on dogs, only a few more hours and I’ll finish. Continue reading “Create more. Consume less.”

Episode 6: Paige Cargioli, Death and Hope in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Another ascetic sermon for the womeninpreaching podcast!

Women in Preaching

Before sermonizing this week, I wanted to let you know about Cari Pattison at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, if you go to, you can listen to her sermons, and from what I’ve heard so far, are pretty fantastic.

Today, I’ll be doing a little bit of “emergency preaching” on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Readings for the week are here.

Listen along to the podcast here.


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3 Things I Desire: El Camino de Santiago

It’s been a big year.


September 2013 to June 2014 I was living in Boston, working in Tech Support, attending mass, going to confirmation class, got confirmed, got engaged, simultaneously attending Brookline Church of Christ, preached a few times, enjoyed it, was confirmed Catholic.


50 days in Spain over the summer. Prayerfully walking the Camino de Santiago. A truly incredible privilege.


August 2014: moving to Florida, every other day working as a school counselor in a Catholic school K-8 OR Catholic college New Testament Professor, creating a podcast: Women in Preaching, planning a wedding (January 2015). Continue reading “3 Things I Desire: El Camino de Santiago”

Women in Preaching Podcast

I started podcasting this week. Here is my first sermon.
Don’t ever procrastinate making a podcast. It should be up in iTunes next week (fingers crossed!) Until then, and while we are patiently waiting for iThings to do their magic, you can have a listen right here.

That being said, here is Episode 1! Yay! Next week is Katherine Balmforth. Enjoy!

The lectionary readings can be found at that Vanderbilt website here.

Here is the transcript:

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Yes Dear, Sleep Naked, and 30 Other Reasons My Parents are Awesome On Their 30th Anniversary


I’m always really bad about remembering when my parents anniversary is. But there are a couple things that remind me. 1) My birthday is, give or take, one year after they were married. And 2) the month of September, because I know that this is the month that it’s in. Is it at the beginning? Is it at the end? I don’t know. All I know is that this year is their THIRTIETH! 30 years. INSANE. And I’m not even sure if today is the day.

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Mother’s Day Sermon on Sarah and Abraham

I want to note that I would have probably never written this sermon if it wasn’t for it being assigned to me. It’s difficult to know what to do when you’re given a story that is 1/5 of the book of Genesis. Because this is the “last” sermon I’ll preach for a while, it gave me more anxiety than it probably should have…

Sermon at the Brookline Church of Christ

May 11, 2014

You’ll have to forgive me for this… It’s the end of the semester, the end of my time in Boston, and you’ve all been so good to me. As nervous as it makes me, I’ve really enjoyed being able gain this experience preaching here, and I have no idea when or if I will ever be able to again. That being said, I hope I’m not judged too harshly here, this one being the “last” I will preach, but also being second in a sort of series on Salvation history leading up to Pentecost. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Sermon on Sarah and Abraham”

How to heal from the lies that Christian fundamentalism taught me.

I saw this post on Patheos, and I just had to respond. Immediately. Here is the original post.

Actually, the post was an addition to this beautifully written post on “getting over” the fact that everything you were ever taught was a lie. I think that’s a bit strong of language, because even in getting out of it, there must have been something in us, something that was true, that helped get us out. It’s tough to sometimes admit that the one’s who make us crazy also are a part of what get’s us healed… Yuk. But annoyingly true. Continue reading “How to heal from the lies that Christian fundamentalism taught me.”

Sermon on The Woman at the Well and God’s Reconciliation by Paul

They let me preach again at Brookline Church of Christ on March 23, 2014. The reading were the story of the woman at the well from John 4:5-42 and Romans 5:1-11. I tried my best to link them in a 15 minute sermon, but this could probably be a 30 page exegesis/paper. Here it is. Continue reading “Sermon on The Woman at the Well and God’s Reconciliation by Paul”

What the Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Catholics Taught Me

My mom’s side of the family is a flavor of fundamentalist evangelical Christian (church of Christ, note capitalization).

My dad’s side of the family is devout Catholic Christian, like, good Catholic Christians.

In K-12, I attended and graduated from a Pentecostal grade school based on the PACE program (Church of God, don’t ask me the differences).

I went to moderately evangelical Christian college (Pepperdine).

And attended very Catholic graduate school (Boston College). Continue reading “What the Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Catholics Taught Me”

The Transfiguration of Jesus & Being Born Again [Catholic?!?!]

In mass the other day, I asked myself the question (again), “Paige, why would you want to become Catholic?” After all the existential crises and wonder and questions and education and travel and problems and writing and thoughts… Really, it’s very simple, and it always has been. I’ve been going to Catholic mass a long time. I don’t anticipate stopping going to mass. I enjoy the community, and I would like to participate fully in that community. Continue reading “The Transfiguration of Jesus & Being Born Again [Catholic?!?!]”

Lenten Dieting (aka Fasting)

From past blogs you can see that I’ve been pretty extreme in my lenten dieting (Lenten Locavore).  It has led to some enlightenment about food pricing, local food systems, learning what I like ad don’t like, seasons, what local foods are tough to find (or don’t really exist), health, etc. A part from my Lenten excuses to eat well, I also embarked on the Eat to Live diet over the summer. So, I have a tendency to diet. Continue reading “Lenten Dieting (aka Fasting)”

I’m giving up Justin Bieber for Lent

I have a confession to make… I’m a belieber. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. I’ll always dance to “I need somebody to love.” And I’ll always know “Baby” on the Ukulele (C, G, Am, F, Duh). Really, actually, I’m not giving up Justin Bieber for Lent. I’m just giving up Justin Bieber for my life. Continue reading “I’m giving up Justin Bieber for Lent”

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