Mary van Balen is an author
living in Columbus, OH.
She writes about widening our circles of awareness and inclusion through compassionate encounter with one another and with the Sacred.
Widening Our Circles is a series of blog posts on expanding our horizons by embracing human diversity.
Today across the country and the world, people stop to remember those transgender persons lost to violence fueled by transphobia and hate. I join my … [Read More...]
Mary, a spiritual director, holds a MA in Theology, and has been writing on spirituality and faith for 30 years. You’ll find posts on these topics under the heading “The Scallop.”
By the time I get to lighting my candles and settling into quiet prayer, I'm fighting a losing battle. My mind is already racing, making mental to-do … [Read More...]
Mary is currently working on her latest book “Julia All Along: A Mother’s Journey with her Transsexual Daughter," a real, sometimes painful, always loving memoir of her experiences as the parent of a transgender child.