Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Pastoral Life, Writing

How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage

I’m smiling today because my article, “How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage,” was published in Captivating Magazine ! CAPTIVATING is a magazine that seeks to empower people with disabilities. The goal of the magazine is to show that people with disabilities, such as sight loss, can continue to live full and complete lives. I’m so happy to be included in this project.

In this article, I share about how writing my first chapbook helped to give me the confidence to write my first novel. The things that make us different are what can give us unique voices as writers. I hope you will check it out!

I have reblogged it here for your convenience but you will have to click the “read more tab,” to see the entire article.  The article includes image descriptions. There is also an option to have the article read aloud to you by an electronic voice.


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By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed.  & M.Div.

Rebecca wears a red coat and poses outside a restaurant at Niagara Falls her father, aunt, and little brother. Rebecca is half-Filipino and half white.
Rebecca & Family At Niagra Falls

I was in my junior year of college when I experienced an encounter with racism that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One of my classmates took my journal and read it without my permission. When I demanded that he return it to me, he responded, “I don’t see how you think you can be a writer when you don’t even speak English.”

“What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m an English major!”

“English isn’t your first language. Although I have to admit, you speak it surprisingly well for someone who’s not even an American.”

“I was born in Virginia! English is the only language I speak!”

“That doesn’t matter,” he said as he looked directly into my eyes. “It’s not your language. Your language is- what is it they…

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Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility

Book Review & Author Interview: The Bright Side of Darkness by J.E. Pinto

The Bright Side of Darkness by Jo Elizabeth Pinto is one of the best books that I have read so far this year. It is deeply moving and inspiring. It also includes one of the best depiction of a character with a disability that I have ever seen in literature.

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Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life

Devotion: The Stories that Shape Our Lives

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Scripture: Psalm 40:3 (NIV) He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him  A Happy Memory  When it was time for me to go… Continue reading Devotion: The Stories that Shape Our Lives

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Cover Reveal: Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali (Contemporary Romance)

Hello, Friends! My name is Beckie and I love to write. I am a voracious reader with a soft spot for genre fiction, especially sweet romance. That is why I was very interested when Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources invited me to take part in the cover reveal for the romance novel, The Dinner in… Continue reading Cover Reveal: Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali (Contemporary Romance)

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I’m Visually Impaired and Voice Dream Reader Enables Me to Read 120+ Books a Year!

This article was originally published in CAPTIVATING! I'm such a huge book worm, and the Voice Dream Reader app has been such a blessing to me, that I wanted to share it here on my personal blog as well. I also encourage you to check out all the other great articles in CAPTIVATING, a magazine that is breaking barriers… Continue reading I’m Visually Impaired and Voice Dream Reader Enables Me to Read 120+ Books a Year!

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Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World

It is always a tragedy when a sacred space is destroyed. This Holy Week, we remember Notre Dame, the people of Paris, St. Landry Parish, and all who mourn. Our hearts long for the resurrection of an Easter morning.

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Gender, Race, and Disability: The Aspects of Inclusion We Frequently Forget in Church

An intersectional approach means that we realize that every person is unique and that no two people are the same. As such, we recognize every single person will have a unique experience of life. As the United Methodist Church considers its future, in order to be truly inclusive, we must also consider the needs of women, people of color, and people with disabilities. I urge the UMC to take an intersectional approach to ministry.