On Writing (and Re-Writing) My Own Story

Grete Rachel Howland
7 min readNov 13, 2019
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Four years ago I started my blog Weird Name by writing a bunch of essays about losing my religion. Literally, I used R.E.M.’s famous lyric as the title for a 12-part series detailing how and why I had come to a place where I was ready to say goodbye to Christianity for good.

It was the obvious option, I suppose, that title. Low hanging fruit. But it was apt, too. What I’d experienced in…

Grete Rachel Howland

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