Category Archives: Memoir

Blogs that follow Anders’ musings about her own life.

Kindness Matters: At All Times, Yet Especially in the Midst of Difficult Times by Tisa M. Anders, PhD

My best friend from high school, Shari, regularly surprises me with care packages. I never know what fun, interesting items she has chosen for me. Books and magazines are always in the mix along with a variety of unusual items. … Continue reading

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Honor Your Inner Voice: Speak When Called to Speak, Act When Called to Act by Tisa M. Anders, PhD

January comes to a close and we now greet February, the second month of this new year. For all of us, we live in a time of great change. For many of us, the majority of these changes are not … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas Services: an Invitation to Rest by Tisa M. Anders, PhD

Blue Christmas services, or Longest Night Services as they are also called, have turned into a vital holiday tradition for me. For years, the holidays were difficult as a consequence of tough family situations, including my parents’ nasty divorce when … Continue reading

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The Privilege of Voting, Part 1: My Journey of Discovery By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

As the 2016 presidential election continues to heat up, campaigns encouraging people to vote run alongside candidate stumping and debating. The actions encourage every eligible voter in the United States to act upon this privilege by voting in the primaries … Continue reading

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Living Life to the Fullest by Rev. Tisa M. Anders, PhD, Sermon, February 21, 2016*

For an audio version, click here. Desire: Worship Theme for February, Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, Littleton, Colorado Desire. What an interesting theme. Fits, especially for February due to Valentine’s Day but also Leap Year. An elderly friend and I talked about … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas and Longest Night Services: Bringing Solace and Healing to Those Suffering During the Holidays by Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

Originally posted 12-4-2015/Updated 12-27-15 One of the worst days of my life took place in 2010 on my 50th birthday. Instead of a fun celebration with my beloved sister, I received the terrible news of her sudden death. Talk about … Continue reading

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Publicizing the Personal: When Letters and Journals Move Beyond the Private Sphere (Part 1) By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

Love of Letters and Journals: the Beginnings for Anders My primary passion has been writing since I first learned the alphabet. As a child, I particularly loved composing letters. My aunt saved some of those early epistles. On May 29, … Continue reading

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Movement of Spirit beyond Institutional Structures By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

A few weeks ago, my dear friend, Dr. Shari Rochen, sent me an intriguing article.  The Guardian, in their March 27, 2015 edition, published the piece by Giles Fraser, “I’m both excited and frightened by anarchic religious energy.” His words … Continue reading

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Honoring Women’s History Month: Organizations Making (or Having Made) a Difference

Feminist Awakening As a female teenager in the 1970s, I honestly thought U.S. women had achieved equality due to the feminist movement’s accomplishments. I was and am very grateful for their efforts. Upon college graduation, I excitedly started my first … Continue reading

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My Journey to the Organization, New Community: Voices from Inside and Out By Tisa M. Anders, Ph.D.

Research Road Trip and Beyond Fall 2000 turned out to be a very exciting time in my life as a junior scholar. The chair of my doctoral dissertation committee recommended that I conduct research at the Carl A. Kroch Library … Continue reading

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