About Me

Welcome, brave reader, to my blog.

If this is your first time visiting, you probably already know from the banner at the top of the screen that I’m a teenager who likes to ramble. I ramble in English and Scottish Gaelic about topics are diverse as autism, Christianity, Australia (including SOTA), and travel. Sometimes I also post recipes, mostly gluten- and dairy-free.

This is the first post I ever did, introducing myself. It’s pretty outdated, but you can probably find out everything you need to know about me by looking in the abovementioned categories.

Have fun reading my ramblings!

Okay, one more thing, and I’m sorry I have to do this, but here’s my comments policy. I write about some pretty controversial issues sometimes, so it’s almost inevitable that your views will disagree with mine. If that happens, you may take up to two comments to express your view in a calm, inoffensive manner, after which we will peacefully agree to disagree. No name-calling or accusations of narrow-mindedness, any-isms or brainwashing.

I say this because I want everyone to be able to express their views and I want to be able to show both sides of a story on my blog – I don’t want to be accused of being one-sided and ignoring other viewpoints. I’ve had some pretty nasty comments in the past, and for the most part, I’ve allowed them through for this reason – balance. However, this doesn’t give you licence to keep banging on at your own point of view for comment after comment as if it’s the only and correct one and I’m an idiot. It’s my blog. Be respectful.

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel
    My little girl is blessed with Aspergers, when she was 5 we found out (she is 9 now). I’ve told her for years that it’s her gift that makes her really smart and clever, but a bit more prone to meltdowns and getting angry. I have read some of your writings and wanted to say thank you! Your words are what I have been looking for, to understand her world. Everything that is ever written is ‘how to deal with an ASD person’ I love your advice on how to deal with an NT.
    I have just printed off 3 of your blogs for her teacher to include in her hand over kit for her new teacher next year. I really appreciate your words of wisdom and perspective.
    I think we may live in the same area, we live in Blackwood xx

  2. criesofonesheart says:

    Hi Rachel, I look forwards to reading more of your ramblings 🙂

  3. criesofonesheart says:

    Hey Rachel, not sure if my original comment got through so here goes again!! Look forwards to reading more of your ramblings….🙂

  4. Tammy says:

    Hi Rachel. I hope you get this and have a moment to respond. I have a question or two.
    First, what is your faith? Are you Mennonite or simply choose to live plain? (Just curious).
    Second, if you are Mennonite (or similar Anabaptist), do you feel as though those choosing plain dress are appropriating the long-standing culture of the plain people? I ask this in total respect. I thankfully have had the opportunity to stay with Amish friends & have grown to love the plain style of dress (& life). I do have a faith home which encourages modesty & living as simply as possible, but no requirement for plain dress. I am drawn to it, though, for its modesty & simplicity, but would not want to be insulting by wearing it (minus a kapp, which would do the OPPOSITE of not standing out).
    Thank you for your time.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Tammy,

      First, thank-you for stumbling across my blog and taking the time to make a comment!

      To answer your questions: no, I’m not Mennonite. I’d describe myself as an “anti-denominational” Christian (per 1 Corinthians 1). My family background is primarily Anglican and I worship at an Anglican church, but my childhood and influencers were primarily Baptist, with some Messianic Jewish and Pentecostal friends and phases, and I study at a Baptist college.

      I suppose you might say that I “choose to be plain”, but to be honest, it’s not that simple. It’s been more of a journey and a leading than a choice.

      As far as clothing is concerned, I’ve always preferred long skirts and dresses, and when a dear Mennonite woman I met in the US introduced me to the cape dress, I seized it as the most comfortable and practical thing I’ve ever worn. A cape dress made from good material can last three or four years, being worn two days a week. On the other hand, my dresses are patterned and brightly-coloured enough to stick out like a sore thumb in observant areas of Jerusalem, so probably not “plain” in anything other than the style!

      Various aspects of what you might call “plain living” are likewise more of a side-effect of where I live than anything else. I’ve noticed that a lot of Christians who feel called to be “plain” also get heavily into what they call “homesteading”, which usually involves learning how to cook, sew, and keep chickens. These are things which I’ve done since childhood anyway – my family home includes chickens, ducks, sheep, fruit trees and vegetable gardens, but we don’t even constitute a “hobby farm” where I live – it’s just how things are.

      Since I’m not Mennonite/Anabaptist (and live in an area with no Anabaptists whatsoever), I can’t really speak for them, but the ones I’ve met have been nothing but supportive of the way I dress, although had questions as to *why*. I recall an Amish man in the US grinning in his shop and saying to me, “You look like a Christian woman!”, and a Mennonite woman commenting, “You look like you’ve had a conversion!” I get the impression that they see plain dress as something all Christians are called to do, but think they’re the only ones who do it.

      Where I live, plain dress stands out, and there’s no two ways about that. On the other hand, it’s a pretty quirky area, so how I dress is just how I dress, and doesn’t get commented on or noticed much. BUT plain dress is also practical, simple, comfortable, and modest, so if those things are important to you, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t dress the way you want.

      (On the other hand, like I said, with no Anabaptists in the area, I don’t have to worry about what they might think of me – although I’ve met people online for whom it’s a concern, whether being identified with the local group or not being identified with the local group. For me, the problem is not being mistaken as Exclusive Brethren, because I have no connection to them and they don’t have a good reputation – a sort of “modern modest” look is what they go for and that’s another good reason for me to wear a Mennonite-style dress, because I at least have a high opinion of them and don’t mind being mistaken for one.)

      With regards to the kapp, however, that’s a non-negotiable for me. I’d swap from cape dresses to shop-bought skirts and shirts in a moment if I thought it would be more practical, but I’d still cover my head. I urge you to ask your Amish friends about why they wear the kapp (or read 1 Corinthians 11, or both). I imagine it would probably confuse any Anabaptist if you started wearing a plain dress but not a headcovering/veiling of some sort. Even if I might wear a dress for comfort or practicality (or another might for uniformity or unremarkability), headcovering has nothing to do with that, and it becomes (for me) a question of “fit in or follow God?”

      I don’t know if I’ve been much help whatsoever, but hopefully I’ve answered (at least part of) your questions. If you’re still wondering what a Mennonite would think of someone else dressing plain, the only thing I can suggest might be contacting Gina at homejoys.blogspot.com.au, who actually is a Mennonite. I don’t know her personally, but I’ve read her blog and she seems very nice and open to questions.

      Thanks again for taking the time to stop by my blog,
      Rachel.

      • ian ryrie says:

        I have looked for the Gaelic classes at wea but it does not come up.Are you still haing them next year.

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  6. Rachel says:

    Ian – Unfortunately the January course has been cancelled because there were only 3 enrolments (it was probably too optimistic to run it so close to New Years’). Since I will be (hopefully) heading interstate for university in February, another course probably won’t be running until about the same time (October/November) next year (2017).

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