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Monthly Archives: September 2019

To Doubt, Divine

But I was amazed by the openness of our students in some of their responses.

Check Your Heart, Not Your Soles 

The first time I took communion with wine, I was at a church in Boston and wearing hiking boots. And Yo-Yo Ma was there.

On Patience and Hope and Grace

So during my sixth and final semester at Calvin, I waited. 
and waited. 
and waited. 

Z is for Zebra Mussels

Maybe restoration doesn’t have to be all or nothing, maybe it doesn’t have to be so black-and-white.

Y is for YNWA

If a soccer club can sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and then, for the most part, follow those words with action, Christians (read: I) can say “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,” and then live that out. Right?

X is for X

X is for kisses. X is for porn. X is your signature and where you sign.

W is for Work

W is for Work

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But I am not paid for caring about my job.

V is for Vegeta

V is for Vegeta

Vegeta, it turns out, is snotty, entitled, hot-headed, easily manipulated by evil influences, and ultimately, just less powerful than Goku (not to say that’s why I was losing).

/æ/ is for Accent

/æ/ is for Accent

“When sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a prism and form a rainbow.”

T is for Tradition

T is for Tradition

Do you think people’ll mind if I write something that doesn’t mean anything except maybe moving, missing, and rebellion?

Rr is for Rosalía

Rr is for Rosalía

Rosalía manages to marry the coolness of a modern pop auteur with the sublime terror of a Dalí painting. 

S is for Slytherin

S is for Slytherin

Ambition requires imagination, but it is not satisfied with daydreams.

R is for Rapture

R is for Rapture

Maybe my own childhood obsession with Jesus’s nuke-bright descent onto little Lansing, Illinois, reflected my peripheral engagement with wider, turn-of-the-millennium Evangelical culture

Q is for Ten Points

Q is for Ten Points

What is a “QINTAR” and why do I “SUQ” so much at this game?

P is for Pterodactyl

P is for Pterodactyl

But—a precaution—do not be prejudiced. My prerogative was purely positive.

O is for Out

O is for Out

Several things happen at once: ba-boom. Flicker. Shatter.

N is for Northwest: A Letter

N is for Northwest: A Letter

I can’t get over how urgent this essay published in 1836 remains today. And I urgently, madly want to annoy you all with it.

M is for Music City

M is for Music City

Can I carry around a sign that reads: “I’m new here”? Can I attend the adult version of Cokes and Clubs?  

L is for Linger

L is for Linger

So I guess I’m waiting. Statistically, that shoe’s gotta fall sometime.

K is for Know-how

K is for Know-how

What you’re really saying is “I’m fairly certain I’m right but I also want you to know how humble I am.

J is for Jordan

J is for Jordan

It’s certainly not against me.

I is for Infinity

I is for Infinity

Pondering infinity serves little practical purpose in our finite lives, yet the concept thrills and inspires.

H is for Hoax

H is for Hoax

When scrawled or scratched    on the skin of a beast
Or the earth’s frozen     entrails, or the flesh
Of a leaf-maker,     then I last longer.

G is for Ginny Weasley

G is for Ginny Weasley

The days don’t vary much, and nobody minds. 

F is for Fermata

F is for Fermata

I don’t know what home means without you.

E is for Erasure

E is for Erasure

I began to evaluate and push back and question. How much was I erased as a student? Where did my own beliefs lie dormant as I absorbed others’ words?

D is for Disarmament

D is for Disarmament

I picked through the trash for the unraveled strands of yarn and carried them outside.

C is for Cravings

C is for Cravings

When unchecked, they are bad toddlers, eating bags of gummy bears and staying up all night.

B is for Beach

B is for Beach

I can never remember summer in the midst of a polar vortex, but I’m comforted and chastised that it comes.

A is for After

A is for After

After I have been 
Back in the United States for a few weeks, I find myself
Crying at the strangest things.

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