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.
Katie Couric's interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera and transgender actress Laverne Cox has become big news. In an earlier segment, she … [Read More...]
Listen to the students. Most of them see transgender student rights as a non-issue. The principal of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Deborah Smith, … [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.”
I was talking with a Buddhist friend about Lent the other day. She asked if I were giving up chocolate. Her mother gives that up every year. I did … [Read More...]
When she was about five, my daughter couldn't sleep. When I checked in on her before turning in myself, I found her thoughtfully gazing at the … [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.