book reflections, cultural issues, personal

Best of ’17

The past few years, at the end of the calendar year, I've posted a list of my favorite books read, blogs read, and blogs written. But I've been less actively blogging in 2017 and more actively writing other things (because, well, grad school!), as well as pretty actively living, learning, serving, and so on. So,… Continue reading Best of ’17

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mental health & wellness, spiritual

Life Is Like a Novel

I used to think life was like an anthology. Now I think it's more like a novel. Anthologies present one unrelated story at a time. You read a chapter, close it, and don’t need to return to it. Because the next chapter introduces new characters, new scenes, new story. We’re talking realistic fiction in one… Continue reading Life Is Like a Novel

arts & creativity, personal

Married to Amazement

Mary Oliver once wrote in her poem "When Death Comes":"When it's over, I want to say: all my lifeI was a bride married to amazement."I agree. I agree. I agree.But unfortunately, by the end of any given semester in school, my creativity and "amazement" tend to be squashed. Sometimes I try to write academic papers… Continue reading Married to Amazement

mental health & wellness, theological

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

"Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye:Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirling flame of days, so little is a stone. Where there was something and… Continue reading Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?