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

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 [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Best of the Web, Books|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|3 Comments

My Ramadan Meal, and Finding Peace in Unexpected Places

“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

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 [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|0 Comments

Be Careful Around the Water with Your Little Ones This Year

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 [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|The Little People in the House|3 Comments

Six Reasons to Raise Your Glass and Toast the Internet

Photo by Kats Weil via Unsplash Remember when I started James Street Review last year, a site where kids review kids' books? And remember how it petered out after about two months because I had too many things to do? Well, my son decided to pick up the [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|Best of the Web|0 Comments

What the Priest and the Nun Were Looking For – The Iraq Journals, Part 5

We drove up a narrow street in Qaraqosh, Iraq, practically an alley, and our driver stopped the van when he could go no further. A large group of soldiers stood at the entrance to the church, as if on the lookout for something, and they eyed up our vehicle. They [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Travels Near and Far|0 Comments