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This cute little corner of the internet is a placeholder for what’s to come. For now, it’s home to the OLC Blog and the Tess Talks (& Sometimes Listens) podcast. Enjoy!

Blog Posts

“confused” a poem by ben welch

I guess  I’m confused  conflicted  because the god you taught  and the life you lead  couldn’t possibly  bare the same fruit. . we hear your voice  loud and clear  telling stories of miracles  and enormous faith tales of deep charity  and selfless love. . you’ve challenged us  to love our neighbor  but somehow  you’ve excusedContinue reading ““confused” a poem by ben welch”

ish

“Ish” gets it. I adore this informal suffix. It’s wonderfully noncommittal. Humanity is complicated and messy, yet we have an inherent desire to categorize it. This isn’t our fault, though it might be a tad foolish. “Ish” can serve as a gentle reminder that surface titles are just that — the surface. I remember aContinue reading “ish”

Tess Talks (& Sometimes Listens)

  • In this episode of Tess Talks (& Sometimes Listens), Tess is joined by her friend Ben, who speaks to a touchy subject with stark honesty and immense compassion. He shares what he has learned while questioning his faith, a process known as deconstruction. Pulling from Ben’s background in Christianity, the two tackle toxic religious practices, what to call God, and how to be awesome like Jesus.
  • Former NFL cheerleader Liz Losoff joins Tess in this episode to talk about all things professional dance, the good the bad and the ugly. Namely, the pressure and toxicity that artists face, and the very common struggles of body image and self worth. Liz is known for her bubbly and enthusiastic personality, which is exactly how she approaches these challenging subjects. Offering insight from her dance career, time spent as a special education teacher, journey through motherhood and more. This one is for the artists, and for anyone who has felt unworthy looking in the mirror.
  • In this episode, Tess has a lighthearted chat with her long time friend and present day roommate Zach. They question whether a steady career should continue to hold priority with the young and curious. Zach shares stories of how he has been “sampling” career paths for the past few years and the insight he’s gathered in the process.
  • In the debut episode of Tess Talks (& Sometimes Listens), Tess chats about creative projects, self judgement, and more with celebrated local musician Adam Baerd. Adam also happens to be the first friend Tess ever had, seeing as he’s her older brother. Learn more about Adam at adambaerd.com

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