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The Main Obstacle in Releasing a Book

By | June 28th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Laura Aziz on Unsplash The heat in Carolina is the kind that the trees can lean against when they're tired, which is most of the time, because the heat will do that to you. Thunderstorms bookend the sky every afternoon, sometimes sailing past to the north, [...]

The Girl Who Couldn’t Speak #RideshareConfessional

By | June 27th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Ryan Pouncy via Unsplash She gets into the backseat of my car, a tiny thing, with limbs the wind might blow away. She is smiling and has had too much to drink but something about her seems unfamiliar with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she [...]

Finding Things (Peace and Books, Just to Name a Few)

By | June 20th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Best of the Web, Books|

I know it's been rather quiet around these parts lately. I suppose there are a fair amount of reasons for that - we're currently in NC hanging out with Maile's family; I've also been busy on the book-writing front; and then there's the scurrying to get ready for the release [...]

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The Biggest Uber Tip I Ever Got (or, Money Isn’t Everything) #RideshareConfessional

By | June 8th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Anthony Delanoix via Unsplash I pull up outside the bar, squeeze my car up against the curb on the corner and wait. A bouncer stands on the steps talking to two women. It’s 8 o’clock, a perfect summer night, and the sky is fading to steel [...]

My Ramadan Meal, and Finding Peace in Unexpected Places

By | June 6th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Courageous People of Lancaster|

“Come by tonight, any time after eight o’clock,” my Syrian refugee friend told me earlier in the day, so after I drop off an Uber fare in his part of the city around 8:30pm, I head for his house. The street is dark and quiet. The sun has only recently [...]

When She Wanted to Go Back #RideshareConfessional

By | June 5th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jez Timms via UnsplashThe The woman came through the hotel doors first, approached the car, and opened the rear passenger side door. She stood there for a moment outside the car, nervously smoothing her dress. The man she was with walked around the back of the [...]

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Be Careful Around the Water with Your Little Ones This Year

By | May 31st, 2017|The Little People in the House|

Photo by Carlos Dominguez via Unsplash I couldn’t fall asleep Monday night. I couldn’t get the image out of my head of him standing on the bottom of the pool, water up over his head, eyes wide open, waving his arms up and down like a baby bird [...]