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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 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.”
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzMarch 15, 2019
The most compelling reason not to execute the convicted is an existential one: We humans are not God.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJanuary 02, 2019
Like the men of Galilee present at the ascension of Jesus, we search the skies for unclouded meaning.
Tanelle Pearson is seen with her 7-month-old son during a breakout session on May 16 at the National Young Adult Ministry Summit at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzOctober 25, 2018
The church needs our young people. But we elders cannot nurture them in the faith if we repel them.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzSeptember 03, 2018
It is time for us to understand how this keeps happening and to stop it. We women are being called to shake things up.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJuly 31, 2018
Like the apostles, we have been sent out two by two to proclaim the message of Jesus with our imperfect lives.