Columnist: Amy Laura Hall

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 08:08 AM

My favorite things

For my 12th birthday my dad took a group of my friends to the local theater.  I can’t remember which movie we saw, but I do remember that night.  I was small for my age and planning to take advantage of the child’s ticket price well into my teens. 


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Laugh at the devil

I’ve learned how to “tweet.”  This involves putting words together to share, using 140 characters.  One of my most “retweeted” “tweets” on the Internet came out after a tragedy had everyone in panic mode.  These were the words:  “The world is transfixed by fear.  Perfect love whispers in fear’s ear to turn his head toward hope.” 


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

A groundhog tale from Green Street

There are two shops on 9th Street in Durham featuring different messages about our dear city.  One has a t-shirt in the window that says “Durham, It’s Not For Everyone.”  Another features a t-shirt that says “Durham, It’s For Everyone.”

I love both stores, but I like the second t-shirt better.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

A gracious response to chivalry

My daughters had an exchange about tween boys two years ago.  My younger daughter was complaining about her fifth-grade class. My older daughter asked: “Are the boys still making [flatulence] noises with their armpits?”  Apparently they were.  “Well,” she reassured her sister, “they will stop that soon, and then school isn’t so bad.” 


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

The union label and working with dignity

When I was a child, a catchy advertisement aired between reruns of “Scooby Doo” and “Josie and the Pussy Cats.”  It went like this:  “Look for the union label/When you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse/Remember somewhere our union's sewing/Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house!”  The one that aired in Texas was introduced by an avuncular, southern man wearing a bolo tie.


Jul. 05, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Unreconciled: Forgiveness not the duty of mere mortals

“I know I have to forgive him, because otherwise I won’t get into heaven.”

 A friend said this to me recently about someone who had treated her horribly.   Casting forgiveness as a duty is one take-away message from the New Testament.  But how did that particular bumper sticker receive such tenaciously sticky backing in mainline, evangelical circles? 


May. 03, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Easter tidings of “Doubting Thomas’ and ‘Believin’ Stephen’

It is hard to talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ without shame.  The story is, at best, a strange story, and it has been used unabashedly to dominate non-Christians for centuries.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

The shenanigans of 'responsibility' politics

A media-savvy child of the new millennium, my older daughter is privy to all sorts of terms.  This includes informally coined, succinct phrases to describe complicated concepts.  These include phrases to label public conversations about tricky, politically charged issues.