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A Letter to My Younger Sister

I thought I was somehow exempt—because I grew up in other countries or have Jewish blood or have a sister who looks different than me.

A Jog through Kigali

Slowly but surely, I keep going, shielding my eyes from the sun with my hand. There is simply no other choice.

Call Me Sticky

Growing up isn’t being impervious to pain; it’s learning to live with it.

A Prayer for Attention

Watching a bird makes me think about a life other than my own.

No Couple is an Island

No one tells you that the challenge of finding friends and creating community extends beyond just high school, beyond just university.

An Open Letter to My Neighbors

Hello. You do not know me and I do not know you.

I Think About This Once a Week

I Think About This Once a Week

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On good days, I think about John and that chalkboard and the dog under the lectern and I remember the joy of learning new things and the inexhaustible opportunities the world presents for just that.

Reflections on the Required Reading for a Calvin Religion Degree

Reflections on the Required Reading for a Calvin Religion Degree

It’s safe to say that the reading for religion majors lacks the representation of the diversity of the religious world.

A Love Letter to Games

A Love Letter to Games

I would sometimes, alone, take out all of the pieces, marvel at the details of the board and plastic gizmos, and read through the rules like a sacred text.

The One Where She Watched Friends (and Liked It)

The One Where She Watched Friends (and Liked It)

I started watching Friends a little late in the game. And by late, I mean a quarter of a century after it debuted on television,

Pretty, Crazy, Dead Girls and Taylor Swift

Pretty, Crazy, Dead Girls and Taylor Swift

The body in the wet shroud of transparent ivory was Lizzie Siddal’s. She was a painter’s model.

Nainai

Nainai

My presence that summer must have been a shock to Nainai, but oddly enough she never questioned why a tall, thin, white, American guy was living in her home.

The Wall Tent

The Wall Tent

An 8×10 waterproof canvas tent with metal poles and the space for a wood stove, that tent has seen most of Oregon. 

Not Quite: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Not Quite: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Set roughly sixty years before the Hunger Games trilogy, Ballad is, essentially, two origin stories in one.

A Review of the Books in My Closet I Can’t Get Rid of But Will Never Read

A Review of the Books in My Closet I Can’t Get Rid of But Will Never Read

If the title is in a sans-serif font with one word per line on the front cover, you know it must be good.

The Once and Future Writing

The Once and Future Writing

This is where greatness begins, should we choose it.

Spain, 1936-1975

Spain, 1936-1975

For thousands living abroad or in Spain, wondering and waiting, the years dragged on and on.

Run Boy Run: Reflections on Personal Evolution

Run Boy Run: Reflections on Personal Evolution

I started being an English teacher abroad, then I stopped. Then I started being a nuclear electrician’s mate, then I stopped. I started being a butch lesbian, then I stopped.

One Year in 23S

One Year in 23S

When I walk through the blue door, now it feels like a home—my home.

Inside the Lines

Inside the Lines

Recently, I have been asked more and more to pray outside of the rooms of patients who are very sick with the coronavirus.

Living Deliberately

Living Deliberately

I used to think “living deliberately” meant doing crazy things, making wild memories.

Clarity

Clarity

I have not felt my sharpest lately, which surely has a lot to do with *gestures broadly* all this.

Félicette

Félicette

The cats were all female for their presumed docility in the stressful endeavor of flying into space.

Arvo Pärt’s Musical Breastplate

Arvo Pärt’s Musical Breastplate

A Deer’s Cry therefore asks us to reconsider our assumptions about divine help and protection.

Dragons Live Forever

Dragons Live Forever

I don’t want to be the kind of camp counselor who is raising a new generation of middle schoolers who have 786 pins on their wedding board on Pinterest.

What We Owe to Each Other

What We Owe to Each Other

Six migrant children died in US government custody during an eight-month span of 2018 and 2019. No child had died in US custody for a decade.

Economics and Hatsune Miku

Economics and Hatsune Miku

Oftentimes, when I think about the amount of my life that I’ve spent playing video games, I cringe.

John Lewis: My Founding Father

John Lewis: My Founding Father

But what most makes John Lewis one of my founding fathers is his lifelong rootedness in love.

Landlocked

Landlocked

I used to finish races like that so sweaty and happy and exhilarated that I didn’t need any rum to feel like the queen of the world.

Exposed and Processed

Exposed and Processed

Something like the Holga makes it impossible to forget that photos are made of light-affected chemicals on a roll of paper.

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