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Further Thoughts on Going to Iraq (or, God is not Here)

By | April 18th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity|

Poppy at her first Maundy Thursday service, her sisters washing her feet. We walked the six blocks to Saint James on Good Friday, the sun shining, a spring breeze chasing us along the sidewalks. I pushed the double-stroller – occupants varying in combination between Poppy, Leo, Sam, and [...]

“Live a Little More Beautifully and Dangerously, as Christians Should”: Some Thoughts on Going to Iraq

By | April 4th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing, Travels Near and Far|

A normal night in the Smucker household. When Father David said what he said on Sunday morning, I immediately grabbed the pen my daughter was drawing with and scribbled his quote at the top of my bulletin. “Hey!” she hissed in quiet protest. Lucy and Cade looked over [...]

When a Passenger Might Have Thought I Was Going to Kill Her #RideshareConfessional

By | March 30th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Dogoff Zambrano via Unsplash I always try to remember to confirm a passenger’s destination before pulling away from the curb. When a girl climbed into the car a few days ago, I said the name of the street she was going to. “Yep,” she said, putting [...]

Someone Died on Our Street

By | March 29th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity|

Photo by Krista Mangulsone via Unsplash Two or three nights a month, I'll wake up at an ungodly hour and see blue lights flashing against our white window blinds, a rhythmic beating, like the inside of a vein, or a party light. But, because it's happened so many [...]

The Man With the Teardrop Tattoo #RideshareConfessional

By | March 28th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Reza Shayestehpour via Unsplash The rider canceled once, but I kept driving in their general direction because sometimes people cancel their ride request accidentally, or sometimes they want to try to get a driver who's closer but it’s just not going to happen, so I try [...]

Great Responsibility: Maile’s Thoughts on Intervening After Seeing a Mother Hit Her Little Girl

By | March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Maile and Leo, in his first moments of life. After last weeks post about us confronting a neighbor who hit her little girl, we've had a lot of feedback, all over the map. Maile and I have continued to talk about it, and I asked her to please [...]

On Seeing a Neighbor Hit Their Child, What Maile Did Right, and What I Would Do Differently

By | March 24th, 2017|A Contemplative Life|

About a week ago, I pulled up to the curb on James Street in time to see someone’s car being loaded onto the flatbed of a tow truck. I had seen the Lancaster parking authority vehicles earlier that morning, and a few of their employees going door to door, trying [...]