living with your lot in life

Happy with Your Lot in Life?

Every spring, people get an itch for something new, something different. Many people move to new homes in this season, looking for a different situation or a change of view. They are imagining a better lot in life. This spring, I have an itch for updating, remodeling, and just cleaning out the house I have. Yet, I … Read more

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Finding the Blind Spots

I looked in the rear-view mirror twice to be certain no one was in that lane. Turn signal on, I made my move across that dotted white line. “Watch out!” My husband had been looking in the same direction as I had, but he saw the car I had not seen. An angry horn blast … Read more

making connections

Making Connections, Not Projections

Walking with my daughter, Carina, on a lakeside trail recently, I happened upon an epiphany: I project when I don’t connect. What I mean is, I create mental projections on the wall of my imagination if I do not have real-life interactions and conversations. Like when a friend has not called me in a month, … Read more

“Unfolding” Song Lyrics

                                         Unfolding by Out of the Grey This small stretch of sky is my horizon The extent of all my hopeful dreams Yet I yearn to go beyond perceptions And see inside some other lives unfolding So … Read more

learning to breathe

Learning to Breathe

I have been learning to breathe again. I’ve been practicing breathing for a few months now. You know, the kind of breathing that requires a concentrated effort to simply listen to the sound, the sound of your breath. No thoughts allowed. Just create a small wind tunnel in your throat and focus on that sound … Read more

worry a woman running

Running Out Of Time: Escape the Hurry and Worry

I am running out of time, I’m running out of time Running from the hurry, turning worry into wine In my mind Out of time I know ‘if only’ is what was and ‘what if’ is in doubt So I think I’ll find myself a lovely here and now So sublime Out of time I … Read more

The Rock and The Hard Place: Finding A Way Out of Unsolvable Problems

When UP is Not an Option There’s the rock and there’s the hard place. Then there’s me in the middle. The sides of these impossible walls are smooth and sheer. They are close enough together to make me claustrophobic but far enough apart to keep me from shimmying up between them. Sure, I can look up … Read more

finding life in creativity

Finding Life in Creativity

Creativity 101 I wrote my first song after leaving home.  At eighteen, I’d moved out of my house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and landed at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh as a college freshman. It was my first time living away from home. Feeling the loneliness of being a 5-hour drive from all that was familiar, I … Read more

Vulnerability’s Voice: See Through Me

As a grubby little tomboy climbing trees, I longed to be seen.  “Watch me, Dad!” He didn’t see me because he wasn’t around. My mom was always there but the “Bad Dad” impact seems to override a lot of the “Good Mom” effect. Once when he was there, I had run crying to him because my kitten was trapped … Read more

About Christine

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Hi! I’m Christine Dente. I am a writer and a singer/songwriter.
I am a God-pursuer and a Jesus-follower.

Someone once said that “we write our own medicine.” That’s what I have been doing most of my life with songs and with prose.

  • I try to draw beauty out of the grey shadows of life,
    • trace the shape of grace in childhood traumas,
      • find lifelines of hope in everyday dramas, and
        • share the things I’ve learned along the road.

I grew up on Horseshoe Road in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I spent much of my childhood negotiating the rocky places in my parents’ relationship and the effects of their eventual divorce. Shaped by American culture and family dysfunction, I developed the skills I needed to survive and thrive in my high school years and beyond. Some of those skills needed dismantling when they wore out their usefulness. Some have made me what I am today.

In 1985, I met Scott Dente at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
We graduated and married in 1987, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, a year later.

Armed with 2 cats and a guitar, we took on the music business and became recording artists 2 years later.

As Out of the Grey, Scott and I had the privilege of writing, recording, and performing our music as we were raising our family. You can find out more about Out of the Grey here.

After years of homeschooling and touring, our 3 children grew up and out of the house.
With more time on my hands, I let my thoughts and memories stretch their legs and take their turn in the journey.
I get to write books, blogs, and music.
I get to work on my issues with fear and faith.
I can discover some freedom in getting older.

This is where you find me.

May the words of my medicine and the meditations of my heart inspire and encourage you on your own journey!
Thanks for listening,

Christine

Books by Christine Dente

Music

Christine's 5-Song EP

Christine on Amazon

Out of the Grey on Amazon

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