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With a new pastor in the pulpit after a long stretch of interim pastors, I’ve been hopeful. But in the past few months, we’ve hit a new series of lows.

Burn After Reading

Jesse will be your second Tinder date, and your last.

After Ezra Jack Keats and The Snowy Day

The call for diversity in children’s literature is based on the idea of windows and mirrors.

The Ones

I grew up knowing that I would not date a woman unless we were going to get married. No pressure, you’ll know when you know, but figure it out and don’t mess it up or your entire life will be ruined.

Northern Lights: A Letter to a Friend

While we were talking, your mom shouted from upstairs that we should go outside—there were northern lights showing.

Figs, Deferred

North Lawndale is a food desert.

When Enoch Was No More

When Enoch Was No More

by | Sep 5, 2017

Last Sunday, I stopped to get coffee before church when a woman hesitantly approached and asked if I was a Christian. I told her I was.

On Second Grade Reading Lists

On Second Grade Reading Lists

As I’ve been moving my life into this new room, I’ve been dismantling the one in the southwest suburbs of Chicago where I slept in from the age of ten until I left for college.

Hamilplans: Trying Not to Cry at Hamilton

Hamilplans: Trying Not to Cry at Hamilton

An hour before Hamilton, we marched circles around the theater, trying to hold off seeing the Hamilton marquee (not Lafayette) till the exact right moment.



Dear M,
I hope you are enjoying life in Oregon. I am trying very hard not to miss you. Sometimes, it works.