Canadian Mennonite

I wrote an article for the Canadian Mennonite on Miriam Toews' conversation with Magdalene Redekopp called "Tragedy and Comedy in Mennonite Life."

Here is an excerpt:

In much of Toews’ work there is a juxtaposition of tragedy and comedy. While she may not intend to write comedy, moments of humour emerge out of dark events. In Toews’ book Irma Voth, the girls escape from their home because of their abusive father, but it is amusing to go with them on their road trip and laugh with them as they learn to take on adult responsibilities, like taking care of their baby sister.

“I don’t intentionally set out to write comedy,” Toews replies. “It’s actually the way I see the world. It’s dark and tragic. It’s also ridiculously absurd and funny.” Toews lived through some difficult experiences, including the early deaths of her father and sister. She explains that in her life comedy provides relief. She remembers many bouts of laughter and how nobody made her laugh harder or longer than her sister.

Herald Press

I worked with the publisher to proofread this collection of non-fiction stories to catch any grammar, punctuation, or design errors before going to print.

Responsibilities: Proofreading

About the Book: Fifty Shades of Grace: Stories of Inspiration and Promise is a collection of inspiring stories about experiencing God's grace in the midst of everyday life. Each of the fifty stories will uplift readers with profound narratives about life and faith. This book explores what grace looks like in action-even in a world jaded by violence and unforgiveness-and how it can triumph over great tragedy with mercy and hope.

Not Far from the Tree

I wrote articles and interviewed community members for blog posts. I also edited letters, reports, and blog posts, attended and participated in events, and updated social media platforms. I was part of a team that researched and planned for an effective social media strategy. Part of my work on this team involved researching comparative websites to develop a more effective web presence and develop a new structure for the organization's website.

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