There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

The sun rises, and the sun goes down,     and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south     and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind,     and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea,     but the sea is not full; to the… Read more »

The Woman Who Feared No Man Or Beast

A while back, I read first and second Samuel and started a blog series about the strong women who appear as blips in the stories of David and Saul. You can read the first post here, and the second post here. While these women can easily become background elements as we follow the main narrative,… Read more »

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Speaking of God

Just a video for you on the blog today. Does that make me a vlogger? No? That’s okay. This is a poem a wrote and decided was better read out loud. I’m at a point in my life where I’m coming to better understand negative associations that people have with Christians and the Church. I’m… Read more »

The Taste of Honey

Tiny sugar crystals Scrubbing my tongue Melting away like butter Leaving traces of foreign sunshine Wildflower pollen Mountains capped with snow Streets bumpy with cobblestones Skies open and wide The call to prayer echoing upward   I love that the taste of a food can transport you. I don’t have a long post to write… Read more »

Give It A Name

I end up writing about chronic illness pretty frequently on this blog. It doesn’t define who I am, but having Crohn’s disease has impacted some fundamental ways I think about the world. Illness has forced some realizations in me that I may have otherwise waited years for, if those epiphanies ever came at all. By… Read more »

What Is My Good?

Maybe I’m entering a cynical phase in my life. Maybe I’m taking things to seriously. Maybe I’m being a touch dramatic. Or maybe I’m finally developing a more full view of the world. What I’m feeling and examining now has been building for a few years and I think a similar sensation builds in all of us when we… Read more »

Vegetarian Recipes Pt 1: Fettuccine With Roasted Eggplant, Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Arugula

I want to share a collection of vegetarian recipes I’ve made over the past few months that I really enjoyed. I’m not a vegetarian, but for environmental and ethical issues, I’m trying to eat less meat. Cameron and I actually tried out a vegetarian diet for a couple months to help adjust our tastes and… Read more »

Wild Wild Country

Netflix has a new documentary series called “Wild Wild Country” about a cult that created/ took over a small town in rural Oregon in the 1980’s. It’s a crazy story, the cinematography is beautiful (except for the animations they add in) and the sound track is pretty on point. If you don’t want any spoilers, you… Read more »

We Are Becoming: Adulting in Your Twenties

We are aging like whiskey, Slow and steady, Ancient and sweet. Right now we’re Crude and sharp, Biting and bitter. We are nothing close To what we should be. We can please nobody’s palette, we are worthy of no accolades. After decades of loss and joy And celebration and pain, We will be ready To… Read more »

Summer in Virginia

Summer in Virginia makes anybody who’s not from Virginia tell you stories about a “dry heat”. “It’s a dry heat,” they explain with a wave of their hand as they regale you with tales of Colorado, or Arizona, or that one time in Nevada. “It doesn’t feel hot like it does here.” After his first… Read more »

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    How Much Do You Love Bread?

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    Are you in a committed, long-term relationship? A domestic partnership? Are you just talking? Maybe engaged to be engaged? On a scale of no-I-have-celiac to of-course-I-do-have-a-soul, how much do you love bread? Probably a lot. But just to be sure, tell me precisely in the comments. What if I told you that you could have… Read more »

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    Apple Mountain

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    On Monday night, I made dessert for all of us interns! I wanted to make something like a pie using all my leftover apples from our trip to Carter Mountain Orchard. I had one major problem, though: I don’t own a pie pan (and I did not want to go buy one or borrow one… Read more »

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    When is Venting Acceptable?

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    “Can I just vent for a second?” How many times have you said that? A lot, most likely. That phrase has left my lips pretty frequently. But what are we really asking when we say that? Usually when we say “Can I vent to you for a second?”, what we really mean is “Can I… Read more »

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    Is Christianity a Western Religion? (And Other Fun Facts)

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    One thing I’ve been learning about in relation to mission work is, naturally, the global distribution of Christians and missionaries. Here are a few fun and exciting facts! More than 60% of those who consider themselves Christians are not from the West, rather from Majority World countries. (Winter) There are currently more cross-cultural missionaries sent… Read more »

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    I Have Nothing to Complain About, Thanks to You

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    As my desk-mate Emily pointed out to me the other day, we interns have virtually nothing to complain about. I am so overwhelmingly grateful for the generosity of my friends and family. Because of commissions and more monthly donations, my internship is 68% funded! Thank you all so much for your support both financially and… Read more »

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    Camping on a Chicken Farm

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    This past Monday, all the interns went camping on a chicken farm! Two missionaries from our office have been helping on a farm near Richmond a few days a week. The family that owns the farm works with World Horizons and is working to develop the farm in a way that will benefit missions; they’re… Read more »

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    A Tour of my Office

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    It has occurred to me that many of you have no idea what my office is like, you just hear me refer to it as some vague entity in downtown Richmond. So, I present to you: a virtual tour. The first 50 feet is an art gallery, Edit. It’s pretty cool having art exhibited in… Read more »

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    Things I’ve Been Learning

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    I feel like I haven’t posted a lot about the stuff I’m learning at my internship, so I’mma list a few things for any o ya who are curious. So far we have read: -The Koran -The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Islam -Let the Nations Be Glad -Supper of the Lamb -How to Read the… Read more »

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    How Amazing are my Family and Friends?

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    Crazy amazing. My loved ones are crazy amazing because my internship is now 54% funded! I’ve gotten a couple commissions and a few new donations this past week. Thank you all so much!! In case you didn’t know, everyone working at Hillside Missions (interns and staff) fundraises their salary. We’re super non-profit around here. Here’s… Read more »

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    Things I Think Are Rad

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    Just thought I’d share a few things from my day so far that I really appreciate: -the smell of lavender -bread toasted in butter -getting to meet new missionaries over Skype -very strong coffee -remembering my dreams in the morning (I had a funny dream about musicians having a weird piano competition) -the sound of… Read more »