The Woman Who Never Said a Word #RideshareConfessional

Photo by The How Photographer via Unsplash I picked them up in front of a nondescript science center, the name of which I can no longer remember. The mom was impatient and tired. The little guy, maybe eight years old, was only tired. They didn't crawl into the [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|1 Comment

When I Picked Up an Angry Rider Who Said She Needed a Blunt #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Ander Burdain via Unsplash I had my angriest rider ever the other day. This is what happened. Sometimes, it can be hard to find someone. Sometimes, a person's location pin drops in a strange place, or they request a ride from the back of their house [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|1 Comment

Keeping My Eyes Open

I'm not sure why I went with this photo, other than it's one of the few recent photos of all of us, from Mardi Gras, and I've been wanting to work it in anyway. Eight years ago, when Maile and I were at the bottom financially (or the [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, On Writing|4 Comments

Addiction, Recovery, and When I Almost Stole Someone’s Groceries #RideshareConfessional

Photo by Jakob Owens via Unsplash “I’m surprised we could find each other,” the young man said, laughing. I stared at him for a moment and then laughed, too: we both had large, bushy beards in our profile pics, and we had both recently shaved those beards off. [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|3 Comments

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|Comments Off on The Girl Who Cannot Leave #RideshareConfessional

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