Monthly Archives: November 2019
Our doctrine limits our impact to a square inch.
These ancient notions about the power and stability of women captured in the biblical text have had lasting power today.
I can attest to the fact that being more is better.
Walking, he suggests, is fundamental to who we are.
While I can’t stop reading these lists or listening to decade-end podcasts, I’m not so sure music should be categorized or ranked this way.
Like so many great dynasties before it, Disney’s empire is built on a chorus of tiny voices.
Days like these, I can’t follow a podcast, and music sounds too loud, the tempo much faster than I remembered, the lyrics and storytelling much less compelling.
Then he gave me a straw and told me to taste it. He drew a line with his finger up the side of his cheek, towards his ear.
Making all good books permissible has the same ironically virtue-dulling effect as safe, didactic stories.
I think that there are plenty of things within the gay community that deserve to be challenged and criticized; I just wish that my precious protagonists didn’t conflate these flaws with effeminacy.
What culture doesn’t have a myth of a turtle who keeps the world, or at least a small forest, on its back.
Much as I enjoy teaching novels and short stories, video games do something special when played with a group.
That’s a heavy con for Madison (Pros: Government job benefits, Roommate Night with my best friends, a church that has become home, cheese).
Giving up the control, allowing our grasping hands to slacken is scary. We don’t know what to do if we do nothing. Yet life goes on.
With every bite of these foods, we eat our history, and we inherit the ingenuity of immigrants, slaves, presidents, and chili queens who crafted the foods we love today.
So I let go, and I felt immediately liberated from the burden of trying and failing to imagine a loving God in the day-to-day.
I mean honestly, I cried the entire eight-hour car ride to college (shout out to my parents who kept driving).
That’s a lot of lead up, I know. But, like, welcome to my head I guess.
What if we chose to invest like we’ll be here for ten years or more, and that investment became a reality?
They set out to design a game that recognized the freedom and thrill that made skateboarding unique.
Nine writers spent five years lovingly crafting this seamless plot, which doesn’t care about questions like “What kind of password is ‘Valley Forge’ for a high security government facility?”
On the seventh day, God rested. He’d had a big week—you know how it goes.
It’s almost enough to make you want to give up, walking home with grocery bags almost ripping.
Set your libido level to maximum!
I began to cry at my kitchen table because despite all the bad calls I have made in the heat of the moment and the angry kids and my disappointment in myself and my frustration at the brokenness of an education system that underserves the students who need the support the most, I saw again that there was someone out there who was rooting for me.
Even when I do speak in accented Spanish, Hondurans often assume I’m from a Honduran afro-indigenous community.
This October sabbatical, as I am calling it, is not what I would have chosen.
As this year ends, so does the decade, and summarizers and list-makers are compelled by narratives and retrospectives, trying to explain away what’s changed.
Satisficing doesn’t mean you lack standards. It just means you’re realistic about those standards.