Dorothy C. Bass


to my new website.  I hope this will be a place where I can connect with readers and stir the conversations that books give rise to.  

I begin with a story about some conversations provoked by the first pages of Stepmother.


Being a stepmother is a complicated and demanding calling. For many of us, it’s the hardest thing we’ve ever done; for all of us, it’s among the most important. How we respond matters to the people we love and to us.

What might it mean to embrace this difficult calling wisely and well?

from Chapter One, “Out of the Shadows”

Leading Lives That Matter

A gathering of readings–stories and poems, ancient and contemporary, secular and religious–that stir reflection about questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become.

Practicing Our Faith

Twelve time-honored Christian practices that will help us, and the world, to flourish.

Receiving the Day

Embrace time as a gift–not an obstacle. Receiving the Day invites us to open the gift of time, to dwell in the freedom to rest and worship that God intends for us and for all creatures.


“A vocation is not just something you feel. It’s something you live out within a real world of relationships and institutions . . . a place of responsibility, located within a family and the larger society, where you are positioned to contribute to the well-being of others.” 

Dorothy C. Bass

“Wisdom is in a sense indistinguishable from the pursuit of it.”

GABRIEL MARCEL

“We use our imagination not to escape the world but to join it.”

IRIS MURDOCH

About Me

Author, theologian, mother, grandmother, stepmother

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