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Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Benj

I arrived in the Benj by accident, and yet it has been maybe the thing I’ve missed most about moving away from Grand Rapids. 

God as Our Mother 

Despite the pictures we got in Sunday School, God is not some old white dude with a giant beard.

Progress Notes

The South American gem grinned when I responded to her beautifully-accented English in Spanish, and spoke again, “Digame si no me entiende. ¿Ok?” 

More Diaries of a Traveling Therapist

I stepped forward, asking, “Llamas are the ones that spit, right?”

Charitable Critique

Critique matters because it sharpens our sense of beauty.

Be the Light

If the cost of spreading love is occasionally getting taken advantage of, I’m okay with that.

Blessed Because

Blessed Because

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I suspect that we sometimes use the language of blessing as a neat way to sidestep the questions those things raise.

Rules of Travel Photography

Rules of Travel Photography

It was actually kind of a snap decision, I remember, that we would leave our DSLR cameras behind.

Salt, Ash, and Lead: An Artist and His Materials

Salt, Ash, and Lead: An Artist and His Materials

The most harrowing allusion in the painting is unavoidable—the train tracks.

The Disappearing Barber

The Disappearing Barber

Herb has long since retired. Where his barber pole once hung there’s now an upscale Vietnamese joint that does light lunches and dinners.

Heat

Heat

It’s too hot to move.

Killing Teeth

Killing Teeth

It’s incredible how quickly life can pivot from divine comedy to Nihilistic terror.

TINK Like You Mean It

TINK Like You Mean It

As much as you don’t want to admit it, there might be times when you honestly wonder what your life is worth if you don’t have someone to pass it on to.

Palate Cleanser, Palate Changer

Palate Cleanser, Palate Changer

Although my diet has, in some respects, shifted closer to the views I first formed in college, it has remained effectively the same.

Some more things I think about a lot even though they’re not important

Some more things I think about a lot even though they’re not important

This is my last post on the post calvin. Goodbye and thanks for reading.

Church Shopping in Cologne

Church Shopping in Cologne

Finding a local church is crucial. Shopping for one isn’t.

Confessions of a Birdwatching Hypocrite

Confessions of a Birdwatching Hypocrite

While the pace of change has slowed down, my identity is still catching up. 

A Cedar Hymn

A Cedar Hymn

For the most part, Cedar Campus remains largely the same as when I was born, a fact many of us—who have grown from infants to adults, from adults to elders; who have gained families; who have lost loved ones—marvel at.

The Group Date

The Group Date

This is probably the only day I will ever respond positively to the question, “All right, are we ready to go for a run?” 

Beasy Mist, Completely Meat Circle, and Crockpot Cold Water: Or, the Internet is Funny

Beasy Mist, Completely Meat Circle, and Crockpot Cold Water: Or, the Internet is Funny

This can become extremely funny because the network isn’t always that good at making stuff up, mostly because the English language is hard and also because a computer doesn’t have a brain.

How To Find a Great Haircut Without Losing Your Dignity

How To Find a Great Haircut Without Losing Your Dignity

He put his clippers down, walked around the chair, sat down on a bench facing me, and put his head in his hands.

Summer in the Valley

Summer in the Valley

I fell in love with this valley three years ago, in the summer.

Watching Whiteness (Fail to) Work

Watching Whiteness (Fail to) Work

Antiracism requires us to leave our comfort zone. It requires sacrifice.

Music Before Bach: A Starter Kit

Music Before Bach: A Starter Kit

After all, what could sound older than a harpsichord?

Church of the Town & Country

Church of the Town & Country

There was separation of church and state in the Town and Country. 

Hotkeys, Hot Peas, and How to Know the Difference

Hotkeys, Hot Peas, and How to Know the Difference

Want to know about other types of spaces? Of course you don’t. I’m gonna tell you.

Are the Kids Alright?

Are the Kids Alright?

Imagine. Insist.

Disappointment, Victory, and Not Telling Mom

Disappointment, Victory, and Not Telling Mom

What I learned on this year’s Dover was how to sit in the disappointment with friends and then to race around joyfully on borrowed red bicycles.

Driven

Driven

Not veering off into an oncoming car is just a social contract.

A Good Enough Reason to Leave

A Good Enough Reason to Leave

This may be the last post I’ll write from Honduras.

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