about me

In the time since I started The Fulcrum Chronicles, I’ve made another trip around the block. I’ve gone from being a rookie, to a veteran pastor’s wife. Our family has had five different addresses, I’ve changed careers, my boys have grown a thousand inches, I’ve been through one major health scare but emerged… a little banged up, but thankful times a million.


  • We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and root for sports teams accordingly.
  • Cleaning my closet helps me relax.
  • I’ve been learning to cook for 20 years, and one of these days, I’m going to get the hang of it.
  • I met one of my childhood idols, Tom Brokaw when I was a college journalism student and have this photo to prove it:


Is this your first time to The Fulcrum Chronicles? Welcome! I’ve written about: puzzles, sunscreen, playgrounds, white pants, pumpkins, morph suits and sexy Abraham Lincoln costumes, boredom, baseball, camping and not camping, the Container Store, reasonableness, turning 40, and Amelia Earhart, among other things. Your guess is as good as mine about what’s coming next.

WTFC? Or, Why The Fulcrum Chronicles?” Every day is a teeter totter. (Remember teeter totters and all the ways you could get hurt on one?) There’s that point on the teeter totter where the plank balances. I’m no scientist or playground engineer, but I’m pretty sure that point is called the fulcrum. I like to think that’s right where God is. Maybe smiling at us as we travel up and down, pushing off the ground with our feet, and then helping us out when we get trapped for an agonizing minute by the big kid on the other end, and maybe giving that kid a stern look. It’s fun, scary, and slightly nauseating, but not a ride if we don’t have the fulcrum.

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Colleen Weems


14 Responses to “about me”

  1. J. Boudreaux March 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    It’s refreshing to hear someone talk about their faith in the way you do above. Thanks. I invite you to access my spiritual blog http://quietstreams.wordpress.com . That’s in addition to my “nonsense” blog contemporarymusings at the same web address. J.

  2. girlmeetspaper March 15, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    I just found your blog tonight, thanks to Freshly Pressed, and I just love it! Have spent some time reading the “classic posts I may have missed.” 🙂

    So awesome to see another God-lover being real and funny, reaching me right where I am. Thanks!

    • The Fulcrum Chronicles March 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Wow – thank you! What a lovely note – I appreciate it very much! Hope you come back again. Thanks for reading and for your note!

  3. according2cat March 15, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Wow, you are writing about me back in the late 80’s, early 90’s. I had to crack up, because I always said, “I can’t sing and I love rap music.” It ended up being a long and tragic journey for us, which I won’t bore you with except to say, I’m glad I stumbled upon this blog. I think it will be very refreshing and might help me find my way back to church. I never lost my way with God, but The Church, well, now, that’s where my story is…I just have to have the courage to write it. Thanks for sharing your life here. I’m going to just camp out a while…not in a creepy way…if you don’t mind.

  4. Jennifer Butler Basile March 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Love the concept of the fulcrum and how you’ve described it. Nice visual to keep perspective.

    • Jennifer Butler Basile April 10, 2012 at 3:01 am #

      As is the rest of your blog. That’s why I’d like to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. If you need more info, visit my blog. Thanks for good reads always!

  5. Mary Richardson April 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    As another Pastor’s Wife of a slightly different generation, and of a similar mindset (Rock and roll, the KFOG variety, instead of rap), one of my fevorite Seminary moments was on Geneva Terrace at the post-baccalaureate-beer-bash. Contemporary dee-jayed music was playing loudly, and all these future pastors (male and female) and future pastor’s wives were rocking out, singing along with music that was totally unfamiliar to me, and just being as authentically sassy as anyone can be. Not only was it fun, it was hope for the future of the church!

  6. kiradault June 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi there. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your writing, and I nominated you for the “Sisterhood of the World Blogger” Award. If you like, you can check it out here: http://kiradault.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/aannd-this-was-unexpected/.

  7. mymagic100 August 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    I’m so happy to have found your blog via “Freshly Pressed”! I have to echo “Girls Meets Paper’s” sentiments… your voice is real and engaging. Blessings to you on your journey–I’m excited to follow along…

  8. ninamishkin November 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    One of the most inviting descriptions of God this non-believer has ever come upon! Loved your post. 🙂

    • The Fulcrum Chronicles November 14, 2013 at 6:01 am #

      Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you so much – I can’t even begin to tell you how much your words mean to me. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to leave me such a meaningful note.

      • ninamishkin November 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

        And thank you, too. I look forward to following your Chronicles…and reading more about the fulcrum that balances all our teetering and tottering.

  9. 30YearOldKnowItAll January 4, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Hey- I just nominated you for a “very inspirational blogger” award, congrats! Check out the link on my blog: http://30yearoldknowitall.com/2014/01/04/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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