My name is Tama and I’ve lived most of my life on boundary lines. I was born on the boundary between the Boomer Generation and Generation X (1965). As the daughter of Baptist missionaries in East Africa I was raised on the equator between the northern and southern hemispheres. And for most of life I have straddled the boundary between faith and doubt. For this reason I love to write about human encounters across boundary lines be they spiritual, social, cultural or geographical. It is in these places of intersecting the other that we better understand ourselves, each other and our amazingly dynamic world.
In my adult years home has been the ocean-hugging coast of British Columbia, Canada (on the boundary between land and sea!). I moved here from Ontario after I married twenty years ago and both of my children, now teenagers, were born and raised in the port city of Vancouver.
My training is in English literature, anthropology and theology. For 15 years I worked as a pastor in the Protestant tradition then 10 years as the director of a theatre company committed to the telling of sacred stories.
Now I balance out my work as a religious educator with a daily trip from my home in East Vancouver to a dairy farm in Pitt Meadows (urban/rural boundary dweller). I milk 100 holsteins before most of you have had your breakfast!
My quest for a spirituality that resonated with deeper currents in mid-life led me into the Catholic faith. I’ve since set up my tent in the outposts of that expansive tradition. Every week I stand in line for the blessed sacrament and contemplate the most profound boundary line of all: that between matter and spirit.
Writing is the common thread that weaves its way through my various undertakings in life. I love to write about any aspect of life that intercepts the human spirit and to help others make sense of what it means to walk this earth before God across the span of a lifetime.