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The Man From Nowhere #RideshareConfessional

By | December 14th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash It’s after 9pm in this small city on a week night which means light traffic, empty alleys. It’s cold outside. The long-haired, younger-than-middle-aged man slides into the back seat. He sits up very straight. He has perceptive eyes behind his glasses. Usually, [...]

What the Woman Who Almost Died Said About My Book

By | December 12th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction|

"Have you read this book?" the woman asked as she picked up a copy of The Day the Angels Fell. The question was directed at my wife, Maile, while she worked at my mom's market stand. Mai was taken aback - the woman's question came out intense, pointed. Have you [...]

The Hardest Part is Waking

By | December 8th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Poetry|

One of my favorite writers, Kelly Chripczuk, has a new book of poems out called Between Heaven and Earth. What  I love most about Kelly's writing shines through in these poems - her honesty, her awareness, and her determination to pull the sliver of good out of every situation. You [...]

“I Moved Up Here,” He Said, “For a Reason.”

By | December 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash I pick up the teenage boy in the south of the city outside a house that sits on a dark, narrow street. He climbs in without saying a word, tall and lanky and barely fitting. We drive off, making our way around [...]

My Most Frequent Prayer These Days

By | December 6th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, On Writing|

Photo by Matthew Henry via Unsplash *This is your regularly scheduled, completely honest post about the ups and downs of freelance writing and self-employment. If you have had your fill of these posts from me, feel free to move on, nothing to see here. Tomorrow, we will return [...]

The Year of Failure, the First Frightful Step, and a Story You Need to Read

By | December 1st, 2017|Best of the Web|

Photo by Aziz Acharki via Unsplash Here are some of my favorite articles, videos, and blog posts from the web: _____ The world’s last night came as a black surprise with its low groan, its fiery canisters, its torch-bearing ants marching. It came ribbonless, boxless, a series of [...]

A Mother’s Love for Her Autistic Son #RideshareConfessional

By | November 30th, 2017|Courageous People of Lancaster, My Uber Driving, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Mike Wilson via Unsplash I pull up on the side of a busy street, and a Hispanic woman and her son climb into the back. She is well dressed. He is toting a backpack and sounds excited about getting new glasses. “Now, we didn’t get them [...]