Voices
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 Schultz November 09, 2020
Our task now, after we have defaced our neighbors’ political signs and posted undignified invectives online, is to figure out how to be more neighborly to one another.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie Schultz October 23, 2020
Joe Biden made the perfect reply to a child who is sorry and shaky and demoralized and has no idea how to fix the damage caused: the recommitment to unconditional love.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie Schultz September 05, 2020
My father turned away from religion. While reading his old letters, I got a glimpse of some of his earlier experiences with the Church.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie Schultz July 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 Schultz July 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 Schultz April 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 Schultz February 28, 2020
Most writers walk a fine line between stealing from life and exploiting life.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie Schultz December 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 Schultz November 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 Schultz September 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.