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Monthly Archives: April 2021

The Joy of Wild Berries

The earth will teach you to pay attention if you listen to it, and it might even reward you with cool toads and tasty free snacks.

In Defense of YA

To say there is nothing of value in popular, accessible literature read by many in their formative young adult years is narrow, elitist, and preposterous.

Unsolicited Updates

For a creature that technically does not have a brain, Clive has a great sense of dramatic timing.

What’s At Stake

I wish I could care less—it feels like a luxury.

Not a “Real” Academic

In my rare free time, I felt as if I had to be doing “academic” things to help advance my career. 

A Year of Forgiveness

Alcohol makes for an effective shell to hide in.

Conversations I Don’t Miss

Conversations I Don’t Miss

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Speaking of kids, are you seeing anyone right now?

Hippy-Dippy New Wave Jesus Freak? What Christian Aesthetic Are You?

Hippy-Dippy New Wave Jesus Freak? What Christian Aesthetic Are You?

“Come Thou Fount” slaps when you speed up the tempo.

Debating Human Nature

Debating Human Nature

Mencius likened ethical cultivation to the growth of a plant, with all people possessing inner sprouts of virtue within.

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

We do love Jesus. We do love people. But we are finding it harder and harder to love the church.

The Weird, the Bleak, the Now: Jeff VanderMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander

The Weird, the Bleak, the Now: Jeff VanderMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander

In many respects, Hummingbird Salamander is a typical VanderMeer story. Except when it isn’t.

Between Me and God

Between Me and God

God is supposed to be my father, but when I think of a father I think of an empty space.

You Should Know Better

You Should Know Better

Abject wretch that you are, you mistook fear’s voice for advice.

Pollen Springs Eternal

Pollen Springs Eternal

Antonio Vivaldi captured his spring’s breezes in his concertos, and yet I always welcome spring with a wince.

When One Tomb Closes, Another One Opens

When One Tomb Closes, Another One Opens

Who needs an institution that goes after a lamenting, struggling Black woman?

What Sounds Fun?

What Sounds Fun?

It’s as if the freedom to have fun was traded in exchange for my college diploma.

Final Rest

Final Rest

We sat in silence, listening only to the low hum of the oxygen machine.

Why I Unironically Love the CW’s Nancy Drew

Why I Unironically Love the CW’s Nancy Drew

When I saw that the CW had a Nancy Drew TV show that started airing in 2019, I had my reservations.

Unfazed

Unfazed

What if at the core of everything I find corny is something beautiful?

Two Poles, Both Alike in Dignity

Two Poles, Both Alike in Dignity

The initial descent, which for Lil Nas is as simple as grabbing the pole, is trickier from the Moon.

Reinventing the Wheel (of Fortune)

Reinventing the Wheel (of Fortune)

For paying customers, the Ferris wheel of Fortune has become a ski lift.

It Kindly Stopped for Me

It Kindly Stopped for Me

The sweater fulfilled my need for a constant hug, and I was begrudgingly ready to be still.

Selfish Nights

Selfish Nights

On a deeper level, though, I sense that I don’t need to construct another obligation for myself.

Wash Day, circa 2021; Or, Assorted Thoughts I Express While Taking Care of My Hair on a Sunday Afternoon

Wash Day, circa 2021; Or, Assorted Thoughts I Express While Taking Care of My Hair on a Sunday Afternoon

I send a quiet prayer of petition up for my sisters out there adding eggs to their hair routine: “May they remember to switch to the cold faucet.”

Meditations on Gratitude

Meditations on Gratitude

I used to think that gratitude would rob me of joyful anticipation.

Fool’s Spring

Fool’s Spring

Normalcy was on the horizon, but staying safe still meant never getting my hopes up.

Keep Your Friends Close

Keep Your Friends Close

As much as we hope to find friends where we land, I wonder how many of us simply direct our energy into things we can better control.

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