Episode 03

Michelle DeRusha

Writing Your Own Story

Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. Michell is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.
Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. Michell is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.
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Show Notes:03. Michelle DeRusha—Writing Your Own Story: Using Writing As A Tool To Find God

Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. We discuss how an author decides what to include and what gets cut, we talk about writing as a form of prayer, and we discuss the challenges of focusing your attention on the discipline of writing. You’ll appreciate Michelle’s honesty and vulnerability—hallmarks of a good memoir.

“Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.” —George Eliot

“If we’re honest with ourselves, I suspect a lot of us are looking for the big, flashy miracle— the billboard moment when everything is crystal clear and all doubts are washed away for good, the media-worthy miracle that makes the evening news. I know that’s what I want. I find myself thinking, If only God could give me one clear sign, if only he would come down and do a miracle, then I would believe 100 percent for sure. If I got a clear sign, I wouldn’t have any more doubts. But I’m not so sure that’s the only way God operates. I’m beginning to think he gives us these ordinary miracles, these small blessings, these “Why not?” moments in the midst of the everyday instead, so we will learn to open our eyes and see him not just in the wild, over-the-top, media-worthy miracles, but in the hundreds of everyday miracles as well.”

DeRusha, Michelle. Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith

  • There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
  • Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
  • Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
  • Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
  • Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
  • Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
  • Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
  • Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
  • It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
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Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
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Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
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Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
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Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
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Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
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Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
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Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
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It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
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