Articles By: Diane Nienhuis

Diane Nienhuis was a high school Spanish teacher for 6 years, an urban missionary in Philadelphia for 5 years, went to college for 9 years to earn 3 separate degrees, and has travelled to 21 countries. She loves to garden, cook, write, and travel. A good day involves all four activities.

A Theological Minute: How do you live?

A Theological Minute: How do you live?
Recently, I (Diane) have been thinking about the various ways people approach living. Some people step timidly into life, checking to see if the water is warm. Others of us jump headfirst into the water, regardless of the temperature. Our group decided to discuss the question, “How do we view life...
May 23rd, 2013 | A Theological Minute | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part Six

Making Ends Meet: Part Six
Editor’s Note: Diane has been writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the last few weeks. This is her final installment – for now. Read Part One here, Part Two here, Part Three here, Part Four here, and Part Five here. We would love to hear from more of...
February 25th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part Five

Making Ends Meet: Part Five
Editor’s Note: Diane will be writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the next few weeks. Read Part One here, Part Two here, Part Three here, and Part Four here. We would love to hear from more of you as to how the “Great Recession” is affecting you. I...
February 18th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part Four

Making Ends Meet: Part Four
Editor’s Note: Diane will be writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the next few weeks. Read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here. We would love to hear from more of you as to how the “Great Recession” is affecting you. I really do...
February 11th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part Three

Making Ends Meet: Part Three
Editor’s Note: Diane will be writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the next few weeks. Read Part One here and Part Two here. We would love to hear from more of you as to how the “Great Recession” is affecting you. It has been six weeks since I applied...
February 4th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part Two

Making Ends Meet: Part Two
Editor’s Note: Diane will be writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the next few weeks. Read Part One here. We would love to hear from more of you as to how the “Great Recession” is affecting you. I started practicing the Dave Ramsey system in August...
January 28th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Making Ends Meet: Part 1

Making Ends Meet: Part 1
Editor’s Note: Diane will be writing about her experience during these tough times over the course of the next few weeks. We would love to hear from more of you as to how the “Great Recession” is affecting you. My life recently rounded a new corner. After teaching high school Spanish...
January 21st, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Personal History: How I Prayed to Lose My Job

Personal History: How I Prayed to Lose My Job
Our Principal, Ron Gorman, called an emergency meeting one day in March. I didn’t think anything of it, really. The last time a Principal called an emergency meeting it was Kurt Johnson telling us that he would no longer be our Principal. Secretly, we were all cheering and many went out for drinks...
August 20th, 2010 | Essays, Featured | Read More

We’re Not Plastic Anymore: Part 2

Over the last two years I spent a goodly amount of time learning to go without, to maximize my resources and tread lighter. Initially, I gave up buying plastic for a month because Lynell sent me an article about a woman who did a similar experiment. The idea was interesting given my recent pursuit of...
October 13th, 2008 | Social Justice | Read More

We’re Not Plastic Anymore: Part 1

One sunny afternoon this summer I returned from my home away from home (the beach) to find an email from my friend Lynell. “Diane,” she wrote, “I saw this and thought of you.” She sent me an article from the United Kingdom about a woman who gave up plastic for a month. (Apparently,...
September 15th, 2008 | Social Justice | Read More