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Why I’m Writing a Letter to Every Day in 2017

I remember, Pre-Internet, at the beginning of each year a set of skinny journals would appear on store shelves, all lined together in a box.  Their spines read January, February, March and continued with all the lovely names of the year.  Just looking at them made me think about all the life I could record in all of ...

Why You Hated Rory Gilmore in the Revival

Okay, Internet.  I've read your statuses and heard your complaints about Rory Gilmore in the Gilmore Girls Revival, and I'd like to ask you one question: What was your post grad life like? Before we get into that, let me admit, I'm completely biased.  Gilmore has helped me through every transition since 2009. ...

Growing Up an Altar Girl

Before I was talking, I was humming along to the spoken liturgy at church.  Before I could see over the dark, wooden pews, I was standing and sitting in the sort of dance prayer the Catholic Church engages.  My earliest memories are filled with kneeling during communion in white tights and crushed velvet dresses, ...

How To Write a Book in a Year

    Make a list in your notebook of people you are nervous to share the book with, people you think will hate it, and people who may make fun of you on social media.  Get anxiety over just looking at written down names and resist the urge to throw up over memories of unkind words and negativity. Flip the ...

The Holy Middle Places

I work at a bank and I do things that are the opposite of creative.  I never considered the possibility of a job as only utility until I moved outside the academic world (read: the world where everyone is actively seeking how to stitch their passions and their day jobs together).  My last job was entirely creative - a ...

On Dreams Coming True

One of my family members once described his time at a friary to me.  He told me one of his tasks was to aid the groundskeeper, and one of the groundskeeper's tasks was watering the trees.  The two of them carried large buckets of water across the grounds and placed them among the trees.  Each bucket had a ...

When People Ask Why I’m a Christian

This March marks a full year of being out of full time ministry (meaning people knocking on my door and having to respond whether I wanted to or not, meaning being in relationship with people whether I wanted to or not, meaning teaching and talking about God whether I wanted to or not).  For the better part of ten years, ...