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Tales of a Reluctant Yogi

$39 for a month of unlimited classes. Tempting.

Ancient Perspectives

I think it would do us all some good to step back from the ever present glow of our TVs, computers, and fluorescent lights, and embrace again the darkness of the night.

Soulache

Our nation, our culture, our American Empire that we lust after so voraciously does indeed oppress the needy.

The Open Mic

My poems in The Open Mic served an analogous purpose: they underscored the prowess of other poets in the group.

Nothing But Cheese

We got a dog.

Unbendable

And I know this is a kids’ show. Gritty realism is not always necessary or cool.

On Music in Silence

On Music in Silence

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I wonder if there is not a bit of wisdom in learning to control and interpret the metaphorical silences that intersperse our lives.

The Farm

The Farm

Working on an organic farm had sounded like a fun, enriching way to bridge the gap between the end of my sophomore year and the beginning of my summer job at Calvin.

Graveyard Books and Black Dogs

Graveyard Books and Black Dogs

I think my graveyard books may have slowly deepened by understanding of God.

Pulling Teeth

Pulling Teeth

I did not come out all at once.

Porn for Women

Porn for Women

I’ve derided this genre for too long. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

The Goats, the Sheep, the End

The Goats, the Sheep, the End

I’d go as far as to argue that we crave fictions of the end.

Errata

Errata

I don’t know if this is an error per se, but it’s certainly a sin of omission.

Reflections on Cologne: Changed and Unchanged

Reflections on Cologne: Changed and Unchanged

Böll wrote prolifically about his city. I thought to turn to him for two thoughts about Cologne and what makes it distinct.

Orpheus, Eurydice, and the Inevitable

Orpheus, Eurydice, and the Inevitable

In the many centuries of death and love and loss since this story was first told, when would we not return to this story?

The Concert Count

The Concert Count

If we can all connect with the same music, our souls must be similar in some way.

Deep Tracks

Deep Tracks

Grand Rapids Christian High commencement address
May 28, 2019

Things I Don’t Do

Things I Don’t Do

I don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, I don’t work sixty-hour weeks, I don’t watch Game of Thrones.

One Strawberry

One Strawberry

You can’t care that deeply for every suffering thing,
Even I know this much.

61216

61216

These forty-nine deaths I have not died.

You Ain’t Never Seen a Film Like Me: In Defense of Live-Action Adaptations

You Ain’t Never Seen a Film Like Me: In Defense of Live-Action Adaptations

These live-action remakes might not always succeed in being great stand-alone movies, but maybe that’s not a fair standard to hold them to.

My Brother in Bushwick

My Brother in Bushwick

But what Andrew likes best about his new place are the bookstores in the neighborhood.

In Uncertainty I Am Certain

In Uncertainty I Am Certain

I’m committing to following this path as best I can, although I can’t see the turns ahead and everyone disagrees about the map.

Why Movie Theaters Should Serve Fried Plantains at Black Panther

Why Movie Theaters Should Serve Fried Plantains at Black Panther

We need something to comfort us after the emotional fireworks of seeing Miguel reconnect with his ancestors in a flurry of orange marigolds.

Ship’s Log

Ship’s Log

The waves will wave again and the wind will call my name. What good hope that is.

Burrito Dreams

Burrito Dreams

I’m also thankful, in a more shameful sense, that I got to leave when I planned to.

If You Visit Tegucigalpa

If You Visit Tegucigalpa

If you visit Tegucigalpa, you’ll find more than you expect.

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