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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Why Rachel Hollis Makes Me Uncomfortable

Our doctrine limits our impact to a square inch. 

Gomer was E•MO•TION-al

These ancient notions about the power and stability of women captured in the biblical text have had lasting power today.

Embodiment, Alps, and Motherhood 

I can attest to the fact that being more is better.

Learning to Walk

Walking, he suggests, is fundamental to who we are. 

Decade-end Wonder

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.

Frozen, Again

Like so many great dynasties before it, Disney’s empire is built on a chorus of tiny voices.

Holiday Fluff

Holiday Fluff

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It’s hardly the holidays without it.

On the Way

On the Way

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.

(How I Learned) The Language of Taste

(How I Learned) The Language of Taste

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. 

Ban More Books! The Peril of the Unexamined Shelf

Ban More Books! The Peril of the Unexamined Shelf

Making all good books permissible has the same ironically virtue-dulling effect as safe, didactic stories.

The Villainization of Effeminacy in Classic Gay Literature (or My Literary Squad)

The Villainization of Effeminacy in Classic Gay Literature (or My Literary Squad)

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.

Pokémon, Ranked

Pokémon, Ranked

What culture doesn’t have a myth of a turtle who keeps the world, or at least a small forest, on its back.

Headshot

Headshot

Much as I enjoy teaching novels and short stories, video games do something special when played with a group.

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

That’s a heavy con for Madison (Pros: Government job benefits, Roommate Night with my best friends, a church that has become home, cheese).

Ne Carpamus Diem

Ne Carpamus Diem

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.

Read Your Food: Beyond Recipes

Read Your Food: Beyond Recipes

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. 

The World Got Bigger

The World Got Bigger

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.

Fear Factor

Fear Factor

I mean honestly, I cried the entire eight-hour car ride to college (shout out to my parents who kept driving).

Musicprayer

Musicprayer

That’s a lot of lead up, I know. But, like, welcome to my head I guess.

Life After the Second Year

Life After the Second Year

What if we chose to invest like we’ll be here for ten years or more, and that investment became a reality?

The Realest Fake World

The Realest Fake World

They set out to design a game that recognized the freedom and thrill that made skateboarding unique.

15 Years of National Treasure

15 Years of National Treasure

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?”

Why Sabbath Is Anti-Capitalist

Why Sabbath Is Anti-Capitalist

On the seventh day, God rested. He’d had a big week—you know how it goes.

New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

It’s almost enough to make you want to give up, walking home with grocery bags almost ripping.

The Best In Lustful Activities

The Best In Lustful Activities

Set your libido level to maximum!

The Eye of the Whale

The Eye of the Whale

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.

Am I a Gringa?

Am I a Gringa?

Even when I do speak in accented Spanish, Hondurans often assume I’m from a Honduran afro-indigenous community.

Mending Fence

Mending Fence

This October sabbatical, as I am calling it, is not what I would have chosen.

Hey It’s Pomplamoose (& Patreon)

Hey It’s Pomplamoose (& Patreon)

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.

The Joy of Good Enough

The Joy of Good Enough

Satisficing doesn’t mean you lack standards. It just means you’re realistic about those standards.

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