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Monthly Archives: April 2019

At the Theater

I imagine becoming part of the story the
excitement and the honor is
overwhelming it fills me to the brim

Fear the Deer

But for me—a Wisconsin sports fan all too familiar with gut-wrenching disappointment—it’s difficult to fully lean into the excitement without the nagging feeling that heartbreak is on the horizon.

Enough of This

Racist behavior has ramped up around the continent in the form of chants, banana skins thrown on the pitch, and racist banners.

What’s Coming

Why would I give up my dog?

Cultiver Son Jardin

A little over a week ago I stood in the yard, watching while Taylor planted arugula in the beds. I was not in a good mood.

Words, Words, Words: “Unquiet Thoughts” on Holy Week

Words, Words, Words: “Unquiet Thoughts” on Holy Week

by | Apr 23, 2019 | 0 comments

The constant babble of words in my head—all clambering for my attention—was not conducive for entering into Holy Week.

Broken Number 8

Broken Number 8

“OHMYGOD I LOOK LIKE A CARTOON,” I bawled, spitting blood into the sink. “I DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE! I’M SO UGLY!”

Behold the Pine Cone

Behold the Pine Cone

Fire is a dirty thing. Petulant, wild, prone to fits.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

I’m not asking rhetorically. How do you stare down the barrel of the next five years of your life, ten years of your life, rest of your life and not flinch?

Pro-Life

Pro-Life

Next Wednesday is just a Wednesday. No one has written any songs for Wednesday.

The King Is Dead. Now Bury Him.

The King Is Dead. Now Bury Him.

What would it mean for Game of Thrones if, after expressing such disillusionment with the myth of the rightful ruler, it conjured up exactly that ruler to conclude its story?

“””Art”””

“””Art”””

I’ve created some “””art””” using the Processing programming language.

Fireflies and Drafting Days

Fireflies and Drafting Days

On paper, on screen, will you see my words?

Old Sunlight Wet Pavement

Old Sunlight Wet Pavement

I can’t I try they know they laugh  I’m withering with love them.

Fair-Weather Fitness

Fair-Weather Fitness

First of all, the whole thing felt like a trick.

A Silence Haunts Me

A Silence Haunts Me

Both artists choose the same virtue as their guide through their newly dark and silent worlds—Patience.

A Farewell to Certainty

A Farewell to Certainty

It’s amazing how you can immediately be so nervous about something that just moments before you had no idea existed.

This Home

This Home

I’m thankful for that strange sort of nostalgia that sits in my stomach when I read about my past lives.

Gays for SAO

Gays for SAO

In my time at Calvin, conversations following SAO events allowed more freedom of thought than any other discussions of sexuality or gender in non-classroom settings on campus.

Naïve Observations and Questionable Qualifications

Naïve Observations and Questionable Qualifications

I can make completely brilliant points, crack absolutely hilarious jokes, and ask ridiculously insightful questions and get absolutely no response from my students. What’s up with that?

Frankie works at Franklin Park on Franklin Avenue

Frankie works at Franklin Park on Franklin Avenue

That’s the thing about Frankie—he pours the glasses to the brim.

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

When Joanna and I bought groceries the next day from a store unironically named Winn-Dixie, the cashier chatted with us about our beer and asked, “So what are ya’ll doing later today?” in a way that made me feel rude for not including her.

Sankofa: The Power of Returning Home

Sankofa: The Power of Returning Home

To commemorate a time that holds both tragedy and rebirth, Ghana has declared 2019 the Year of Return.

Losing My Life

Losing My Life

I realized, sitting at my kitchen table that I needed to be a little more willing to lose my life, the life that I have been trying to beat into submission with a fancy planner and Lysol.

SAO Doesn’t Have To Die

SAO Doesn’t Have To Die

Pop culture is the clearest image of the zeitgeist. It’s impossible to claim faith is holistic and not address that fixture.

15 (Realistic) Vegetarian Meals

15 (Realistic) Vegetarian Meals

If you’re interested in cutting out meat, or at least eating less of it, here are five days of meat-free meals like the ones I eat—no fancy tools or Whole Foods necessary!

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