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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Black Balloons Revisited

I forgot that you can sometimes not try very hard and still fail.

A Letter to a Younger Me

If I could write a letter to a younger me, I’d tell her to hurry up.

Airports

The airport is where you can take a breath between destinations and deadlines as well as responsibilities and people that you don’t want to face yet.

Diaries of a Traveling Therapist

I have gagged on the suffocating stench emanating from chicken farms down the road from one of my client’s schools. Each day is truly a new and unique day.

Power Through Writer’s Block in 7 Easy Steps

Sometimes it feels like that’s all you’ve written about, only variations on a theme, the same thing spun a thousand different ways. Let the mystery…

I Wish Country Songs Were Still Sad

Music changes, and change is good.

Putting My Underwear on Backwards

Putting My Underwear on Backwards

by | Jan 25, 2019

Perhaps my first mistake was expecting that I would ever entirely grow out of it.

git gud, noob: Meditations for the New Year

git gud, noob: Meditations for the New Year

This year, and any time you play Dark Souls, you will rush into something, and you will fail. You will take your time at something, and you will fail—even at something you’ve done easily a hundred times before.

Used Things, Old Things, Worn-but-good-enough Things: A Defense

Used Things, Old Things, Worn-but-good-enough Things: A Defense

As we receive and give our things away, we perpetuate a legacy of generous exchange.

Instagram Accounts to Spark Your Joy in 2019

Instagram Accounts to Spark Your Joy in 2019

It was high time for a serious KonMari discard session, and over the course of a couple of days I gleefully tapped the “unfollow” button dozens of times.

The Way I Came

The Way I Came

This February, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be disassembled. Trucks and cranes will shake loose the concrete foundations before an earthquake has the pleasure, and I’m beginning to realize that I will never be able to leave Seattle the way I came.

A Yinzer Yankee in the Lonestar State

A Yinzer Yankee in the Lonestar State

But for now, all I can think about is how out of place my Christmas trees looked when my neighbors have a cactus naturally growing in their front yard.  And I will envy all y’all yanks up there.

Aquaman and Its Discontents

Aquaman and Its Discontents

While the film isn’t without interesting ideas—the notion of an environmental reckoning, for one—these ideas dart, glimmering and mostly unconsidered, through the nets that Aquaman reserves for its preferred but drabber game: the return of the king.

What Up Haters?

What Up Haters?

People also hate it when I’m right and they’re wrong, which happens pretty frequently.

Extended Stays

Extended Stays

For the past week and a half I’ve been staying at an extended stay hotel in St. Louis, which was not a concept I was familiar with until I booked it.

Unpacking the Bookshelf

Unpacking the Bookshelf

Each title is an era trapped in amber, a fossil record of a former self.

Children

Children

I’m just trying to say that given what little is truly required of uncles, it follows that the bond between parent and child, when pursued in good faith, has no parallel.

Advice from the Island Bar

Advice from the Island Bar

This friendly man at the bar wrote the books my dad and grandpa read at the beach for years, AND he was partially responsible for our family tradition of eating dinner (and lunch, and then dinner again) at Doc Fords on Sanibel.

A Hysterical Essay about Packing

A Hysterical Essay about Packing

I know. It’s just a suitcase. OR IT’S JUST THE MAW OF THE CAVE OF WONDERS FROM ALADDIN WAITING TO EAT ME ALIVE.

My Daughter’s Net Worth

My Daughter’s Net Worth

The overflow of her room, and our house in general, is a result of special people who have shown up in her life already in powerful ways.

I Can Be Your Mother

I Can Be Your Mother

She said that God had brought us to her, that we were like her children, and that she could be like our Romanian mother.

How Many More

How Many More

I don’t know if you knew about the fear that permeated Toronto’s gay scene for years.

Obi-Wan Reads Me Poetry

Obi-Wan Reads Me Poetry

Guinness played Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars trilogy, and I stumbled giddily upon his recording of Eliot’s poems while studying them for a class at Calvin last year.

2018: We Made It

2018: We Made It

It gets late and pretty soon my brother is dancing on the kitchen stools to the songs he was making fun of earlier. We make mozzarella sticks and pigs in a blanket.

Settled Expectations

Settled Expectations

We ruined Settlers of Catan that night, which isn’t all that different from how I’ve ruined everything else these past few years.

Nashville, in the Moment

Nashville, in the Moment

The most interesting places felt quiet, frozen, and deeply layered.

Eat Salad: Some Unsolicited Tips on Staying Sane

Eat Salad: Some Unsolicited Tips on Staying Sane

If I were to compile a highlight reel of Caitlin Gent’s 2018, one of my Top Ten Most Important But Definitely Not Fun Moments would have to be…

Take-Out Evangelism

Take-Out Evangelism

When a man approached me in the mall food court and sheepishly asked if I had a few minutes to talk about Jesus, I reflexively smiled and said, “Oh, I’m already a Christian!” before realizing I wasn’t completely lying this time.

What I Read in 2018: Three-Sentence Book Reviews

What I Read in 2018: Three-Sentence Book Reviews

Marilynne Robinson’s debut book is lyrical, atmospheric, and completely absorbing, the “literary equivalent of a Sigur Ros song” as I tried to describe it to a friend.