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Category Archives: Placeless

Teaching When You Shouldn’t Have To

What I’ve keyed into is the difference between learning as a victim and learning as a perpetrator.


All I know about the donut scene in Champaign, Illinois, I owe to a man named Pete.

Chess Bots

The people I know with whom I’ve recently played chess are similarly much better than me. When we play, I view it more as a self-esteem boost for them than a real contest.

My Husband the Cop

Since I know it is theologically unsound to pray for my life to be comfortable, I find myself praying that Paul will be safe, promote justice, and stay out of the news.

Vivian Maier

She took photos because it was something she had to do, because creativity flowed out of her and became her way of life. Because she had something to say.

Another Verse for Teachers

O teachers! my teachers! your fearful year’s begun.

The Queer Christian (?) Book™

The Queer Christian (?) Book™

by | Aug 9, 2018

There is the queer Christian story. And then there are the rest of us.

Harry Potter and the Humanist Podcast

Harry Potter and the Humanist Podcast

If I really believe that the Bible was inspired by the creator of the universe, it should be much easier to find that trust than it is with a series of young adult fantasy novels finished a decade ago.

A Thousand Points of Light? When National Service Isn’t in the Budget

A Thousand Points of Light? When National Service Isn’t in the Budget

Taken as a whole, AmeriCorps VISTA is the lifeblood of nonprofit social service programs in this country, utilizing the interest and availability of young people for the greater good.

Sorry, Mary Oliver

Sorry, Mary Oliver

The last thing I want to read about is another long and beautiful and solitary walk.