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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    Cassandra’s Going to Boston & Wales

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    Since coming back from Turkey, “Where are you going next?” has been a constant question. Just to clarify, I’m not making any big moves for the next couple years. I’m taking some time in Richmond to work in the US office of World Horizons and Hillside Missions as their Communications Director so I can think… Read more »

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    Kurban Bayramı

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    I was in Kapadokya (Cappadocia) for the second time in my life. It was just as impressive as the first visit. The towering rock structures carved into by generations of monks, the hundreds of hot air balloons that rose into the air at dawn, the buildings stacked one on top of another as we climbed… Read more »

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    Star Wars, Speaking, Speed Dating & Celebrating in St. Louis

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    Over New Years I was in St. Louis. I wasn’t there to celebrate the new year though, I was there for Urbana. Urbana is a mission conference that happens every three years. This year 15,000 people attended, the majority of them interested in long-term ministry work in other countries. I was there with my office… Read more »

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    Thanks, 2015

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    2015 was probably one of the best years I’ve had so far. To start the whole 2015 recap, here’s a list. Over the past year, I have: -lived in Kyrgyzstan and Turkey -learned enough Turkish to have basic conversations -visited India and Germany -taken my first overnight train ride -traveled to New York, Boston, and… Read more »

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    We Need to Learn About Islam

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    If you have a Facebook, or access to the internet, you may have heard about the situation in Augusta County, Virginia last week. In short, a number of parents are deeply concerned that their 9th graders were asked to mimic Arabic calligraphy on a worksheet in order to understand the complexity, beauty, and significance of… Read more »

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    Yes, You Could Move To Another Country

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    Today I’m continuing my series on Things Turkey Has Taught Me. Turkey has taught me that there are so many good places to be in the world, and that they are all magnificently varied. Before my time in Turkey, I received a wide variety of reactions to the news that I would be living in… Read more »

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    70% to Missouri

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    What’s the deal with Missouri? A few people have asked and I invite you to read my whole post about it! Right now I’m on staff with World Horizons USA and Hillside Missions Organization doing design and promotion. Part of my job is creating brochures, flyers, and banners for conferences that we attend. When we’re… Read more »

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    Things Turkey Has Taught Me: Loving People Who Are Different From Me

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    I’ve officially been back in America for a week. Am I over jet-lag? Yeah, but I’m still tired because that’s just who I am as a person. Has it been hard? Not really, not yet. Thanksgiving at my parents’ felt like a vacation. Real life just started yesterday. Is my apartment in order? Ha. Let’s… Read more »

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    My Last Blog Post in Turkey

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    Today is my last day in Turkey. I’ll spend it going to church and exploring Istanbul some more. So far, I haven’t written a serious post about things Turkey has taught me. I’ve written about a couple posts about surface-level cultural differences, but I’ve put off writing a post like this, because it’s difficult to… Read more »

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    50% to Missouri

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    In three days I get on a plane to return to America. I’m sad to leave Turkey, but I’m also really excited to be back in America and to get to work with the U.S. office again! I left an intern, but I’m coming back a staff member (or at least, I’ll come back a… Read more »