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 »

Prophecies & Parables: Clarity in Confusion

Deep truths in Christian faith often come packaged in the form of paradox. We serve a God who is omnipotent yet personal, a God as perfect in love as He is in wrath. Giving does not deplete us, rather fills us so that we have more to give. Our slavery to righteousness sets us free. We are to… Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Samuel

We spent a week in North Africa. The two days when we hosted art gallery receptions went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished…. Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Fiona

The two days of our art gallery in North Africa went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished. The real beauty was accomplishing it… Read more »

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    Day 3 at Lee

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    Yesterday was our third day at Lee University for their Missions Week. It was also the first day I wasn’t walking around in a Benadryl-induced haze (because of bed bug bites, not because I have a drug problem). So far, we have spent our days manning the World Horizons booth and walking around campus talking… Read more »

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    Ode to a Knight

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    Here I present: Ode to a Knight Oh Knight’s inn, you made for the worst night in. You smelled like cigarettes I saw a tiny roach in my room The bedspreads were offensively outdated Your little cable-box had a ridiculously bright green light And you gave me bed bugs I hate you Our new hotel… Read more »

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    Happy Fundraising Friday!

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    Hello wonderful friends and family and happy Fundraising Friday! Yes, that is something I just made up because I am still in the process of fundraising for my internship! Hopefully you’ve been reading about my internship experience on this blog. If you haven’t, go ahead and check out previous posts, they’re pretty cool. Everyone at… Read more »

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    Queen of the Comfort Zone

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    I used to be the queen of the comfort zone. That does not mean I was comfortable everywhere. Oh no. I was the queen of the smallest comfort zone. The Lichtenstein of comfort zones, if you will. I was uncomfortable wherever I went and I think I was really only comfortable when I was on… Read more »

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    Remember Remember the Whole of September

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        September is over and fall is really here! “Oh my gosh I just can’t even!” I exclaim while holding a diabetes-inducing pumpkin spice latte in one hand and pulling on an Ugg boot with the other. Just kidding. But pumpkin flavored things are shamefully good. So what have I done this month? Let’s… Read more »

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    Sketchy sketchy

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    Now don’t worry your sweet little heart. Nothing’s wrong, nothing’s seedy. Things are getting sketchy though. As in I’m sketchin. As in drawing. Right now I’ve been drawing some of the fellow interns. Here’s Danielle:   Here’s Dorothy:   And here’s Emily:    

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    A Fearsome & Marvelous Purpose

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    I became a Christian when I was four years old. I don’t remember the precise day and I don’t remember with clarity the prayer that I prayed, but I do know that my relationship with God began then. I was recently thinking over this decision I made as a child. Was it real? I didn’t… Read more »

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    A Fierce and Painful City

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    “Animal…. No world of quiet, eroding stones,of meekly rotting cabbages, But one of groaning births and screaming deaths, a savage, coinherent tissue where, in no mutual courtesy, the lion’s whelp is fattened by the lamb.  Red in tooth and claw, we come at last to a fierce and painful city, to the bloody, unobliging reciprocity in… Read more »

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    Rabbit Wrasslin

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    Wondering how my morning went? Probably not, but I’ll graciously enlighten you nonetheless. One of my roommates has a flemish giant rabbit, his name is Dobbie. He lives in a large dog crate because of his massive size. The giant bunny is sick and my roommate is out of town, so my second roommate and… Read more »

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    Authentic Dollar Tacos

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    Every Wednesday, Taqueria Panchito has dollar tacos. Some dollar tacos, like those at Baja (oh yeah, I’m naming names), are mostly tortilla with a little meat added as an afterthought and salsa that’s really just glorified V-8. These dollar tacos though? Incredible. Also, definitely authentic, according to Lupita, our intern from Guadalajara. Still don’t believe… Read more »