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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    North Africa- The Gallery

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    North Africa- The Language School

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    Last month I went to North Africa. We spent nine days setting up an art gallery, meeting new friends, talking with gallery visitors, eating at new restaurants, and praying for the city we were in. The country we were visiting is 99% Muslim. The city we were in had a handful of indigenous believers. We… Read more »

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    Things We Should Tell Our Daughters: On Letting Boys Touch You

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    This is a series of separate short sections. Here is one entry. More to follow. The skills and stories passed from father to son are foundational to every society. So is the wisdom passed from mother to daughter. How to make pancakes, how to get blood out of underwear or sheets, how to catch a… Read more »

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    Songs I Have Stuck in My Head- Winter 2016/2017

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    Since discovering Spotify (shamefully less than two years ago), I have created far too many playlists. There’s one for each month, each season, each couple of weeks when I have a set list of songs playing over and over in my head. Here are five out of the many songs that are currently stuck in my… Read more »

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    Why I Need the Affordable Care Act

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    For the past few days (well, weeks and months really) I’ve woken up to news stories about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I have a habit of scrolling through social media and reading a couple articles when I wake up just so I can start my day with the right mixture of fomo… Read more »

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    Make Space

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    Donald Trump is president of the United States. You know this, I know this, probably almost everyone in the world knows this. Donald Trump is president. Some are celebrating, some are angry, some have moved quickly from disappointment to apathy. If you have already moved on from your disappointment, if you never really felt strongly… Read more »

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    We Get What We Do Not Deserve

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    This is a series of separate short sections I’ve been writing for fun. Here is one entry. You can read the previous post here.  The skills and stories passed from father to son are foundational to every society. So is the wisdom passed from mother to daughter. How to make pancakes, how to get blood… Read more »

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    We Feed Our Daughters Pain

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    This is a series of separate short sections I’ve been writing for fun. Here is one entry. More to follow. The skills and stories passed from father to son are foundational to every society. So is the wisdom passed from mother to daughter. How to make pancakes, how to get blood out of underwear or… Read more »

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    7 Things Not To Do When You Are Sick

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    These are all things that I’ve done while being sick for the past week. Please learn from my mistakes. Or, at the very least, laugh with me. 1). Do not over-ambitiously schedule meetings. I’ve had to cancel 5 meetings this week. Some of which I scheduled earlier this week. While I was sick, assuming I… Read more »

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    23

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    Because my birthday was less than a month ago, I feel like it’s not too late to write an introspective blog post recapping this past year. 23 was a good year. Over the past year I: -Got to know more of Turkey, the Turkish language, and some great people who live there -Designed a series… Read more »