The Girl Who Cannot Leave #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Anubhav Saxena via Unsplash Sometimes when I'm driving in Philadelphia, it can be difficult to find a customer, especially during rush hour when there are thousands of people on the sidewalks and impatient cars behind you. It's a busy place, and that's part of what makes [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|0 Comments

The Warrior Disguised as a Grandmother #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Brendan Church via Unsplash The African-American grandmother climbs into the front seat of my car, propping her cane between her legs. She has a tube delivering oxygen, and the tube runs across her upper lip, but I cannot see what it is connected to. Her three [...]

By | March 11th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|6 Comments

Making Sense of Ash Wednesday and the Crosses on my Children’s Foreheads

Photo by Laurie-Anne Robert via Unsplash It was a beautiful thing to do in the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of the week, at the beginning of Lent. We crowded into our church’s small chapel, the adults in chairs, the children sitting on the large, red [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt|4 Comments

Little Girls, Stuffed Animals, and the Men Who Wouldn’t Move Their Car #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Filip Mroz via Unsplash It is 10pm on a Friday night in southwest Philadelphia. The streets there are pockmarked with holes and cracks and sections that have crumbled in on themselves. The sidewalks look like someone pushed them together, a strewn deck of cards, some leaning [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|0 Comments

27 Reasons to Buy Any Book, Some of Which Apply Even if You Hate the Author

There are many reasons to buy a book. Here are 27 of them: You have high hopes that a particular book might be the book that will change your life. You like the other things the author has written. You read an excerpt from the book and liked it. You [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Books, Fiction, Funny Stuff|1 Comment

When I Was Asked For Relationship Advice #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Jacob Culp via Unsplash “Aw, man,” the young man says, practically jumping into the car. “I love these cars! I’ve always wanted to ride in one.” “Thanks,” I say, smiling. “How’s your day going?” The people back home where I grew up would be tempted to [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|8 Comments

What I Found in Philadelphia #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Jay Dantinne via Unsplash Driving into Philadelphia the traditional way – floating in on the highway and getting placed into center city with its glass and its architecture and its business people in suits – is the only way I had ever gone into Philadelphia. I [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|1 Comment