Dana VanderLugt | Teacher & Writer

When Dawn Breaks Us

Photo by dominik reallife on Unsplash The Reformed Journal, home of the The Twelve blog, where I often fill in as a writer, has recently refreshed and rebooted. I encourage you to check them out — the editors are working hard to curate a great...

Hindsight

After a bit of a hiatus from essay writing and blogging to focus on the YA novel I’ve been working on, you’ll find me on the Twelve today, reflecting on the grief and goodness that comes with sorting through the past.

Falling Apart Together

I get nervous visiting the pediatrician ever since my kids became old enough to answer the nurse’s preliminary questions on their own. Will they tell the truth about how few fruits and vegetables they eat? That they rarely wear their bicycle helmets when they’re...

What is Left Behind

Several years ago my Dad mentioned a story he had heard about German POWs who came to pick the apples in what would later become my Grandpa’s orchard. For the last nine months or so, I’ve been immersed in researching and writing — amazed as I uncover more...