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Valerie Schultz is a freelance writer, a columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and the author of Overdue: A Dewey Decimal System of Grace. She and her husband Randy have four daughters.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJuly 07, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has both increased the frequency of deaths and constrained our ability to accompany the dying.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJuly 02, 2020
Feeling restless because we cannot go out to eat or attend a concert hardly amounts to involuntary incarceration.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzApril 21, 2020
On the other side of the pandemic, we may see “corona babies” and “corona divorces.” May we also see the best in each other as we live our vows in the time of quarantine.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzFebruary 28, 2020
Most writers walk a fine line between stealing from life and exploiting life.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzDecember 26, 2019
Just as I took care to exercise physically for the endurance of my heart, I needed to break a spiritual sweat for the good of my soul.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzNovember 04, 2019
We women do not want to make waves; we do not want to upset people. But the moment for all of us to act is decidedly now.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzSeptember 10, 2019
I think of mentors and helpers, men and women of kindness and compassion, heroes who listen to their better angels, as triggers for good.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzAugust 22, 2019
Do not ever let anyone say that sobriety is easy on a family: The return of a prodigal can spark consuming fires.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJuly 03, 2019
We do not anticipate young mothers dying at a moment devoted to birth, and yet we know it happens. We know about death, and yet we are caught unawares by it.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzMarch 25, 2019
Since retiring from my job, my husband has found me irritating. We had a talk (after fighting), and he is right: I am mothering him. Smothering him. “I have a mother,” he said. “I want a wife, a partner, a best friend.”