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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    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 »

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    The World Isn’t Getting Worse

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    The world is awful. There’s war, addiction, rape, hatred, terror attacks, famine, oppression, pollution, crime. It feels like a new scandal surfaces every day, exposing the dark side of a trusted celebrity or public figure. Children join gangs or drink alcohol or get pregnant or sell drugs. Each new headline announcing a bombing, a shooting,… Read more »

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    Social Media Etiquette for Election Season

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    Social media is great. It’s also brutal sometimes, especially when politics, religion, or anything more controversial than irritating minion memes get involved. So here’s some advice. I hope it’s helpful and doesn’t come across as too self-righteous. 1) Fact-check articles before you post them.  Make sure that whatever you’re posting is true, and that it’s… Read more »

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    Summer So Far

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    Summer so far has involved lots of travel, lots of food, and lots of work. I’ve visited friends and family, edited websites, drafted reports, written lot, taken a lot of pictures, posted on 10 different social media accounts for work, driven over 30 hours for trips, attended weddings, and eaten so much good food. Since… Read more »

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    My Favorite Things About Summer

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    Summer in Richmond is by far the best season in Richmond. Even though this is my first summer as a working adult in the city, everything still feels more relaxed and a little slower paced. Burger week exists, restaurants put tables outside, you can swim in oceans and rivers and lakes, it’s great. Below are… Read more »

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    Do you want to work with me?

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    I’m the Communications Director for World Horizons USA and Hillside Missions Organization. During my internship, I wrote a post about why I love where I work. That list was only 8 items, so here are a few more: -This office is a community. We’re friends. We support each other. We work to help each other succeed…. Read more »

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    What Does It Feel Like To Be An Adult?

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    I’m 23. Legally, I’ve been an adult for a few years. However, now that I’m almost 2 years out of college with some job experience under my belt, it feels a little more real. In a lot of situations, I’m very much a fake-it-till-you-make-it kind of person. Often when I’m in situations with people who… Read more »

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    I Work Here

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    Hey friends, it’s been a little bit since my last blog post. That’s partially due to poor scheduling of my personal time (I guess; had to catch up on Bob’s Burgers and The Walking Dead) but mostly due to the fact that over the past month I have: -Returned from Wales -Taken down my show… Read more »