Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up

By | April 18th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Lili Popper via Unsplash The three reasons are actually three stories. * * * * * I'm at a unique place in life, experiencing things I don't remember experiencing before. On one hand, I'm more confident than ever in my call as a writer, and I'm [...]

Five Things I Do Instead of Blowing Up My Life and Starting Over

By | March 24th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity|

Last week I was working. I had my laptop with me in bed, I was wearing my sweatpants, a hoodie, and I was obsessing over whether or not a publisher is going to pick up The Day the Angels Fell (commercial break - you can purchase it for your Kindle [...]

I Got a Mean Email (or, Three Reasons Criticism Might Be Bothering You Too Much)

By | March 9th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

I received a mean email last week. I know. Gasp. I actually don't get very many of them, especially considering the fact that I blog about religion from time to time. It's the religion blog posts that bring out the angry in a lot of people, but the crowd that [...]

One Christian’s Response to Super Tuesday

By | March 3rd, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity|

There's a chaotic angst broiling in America these days. Facebook and Twitter basically blew up as the results from Super Tuesday became clear and He Who Must Not Be Named was declared the winner in many states, his path to the presidency made straight(er). You can feel the tension gathering [...]

The Two Things You Have to Stop Worrying About

By | February 18th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

  "You must once and for all give up being worried about success and failures. Don’t let that concern you. It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures."  Anton Chekov My friend Ed posted [...]

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When a Stranger Rang Our Doorbell

By | February 16th, 2016|Guest Posts, Identity|

A few weeks ago, at around 8pm, our doorbell rang. This is normal, not because we get a lot of nighttime visitors, but because our doorbell rings randomly, even when no one is there. Our next door neighbor passed away about a year ago, so when the doorbell rings at [...]

My First Ash Wednesday Service, and a Suggested Lenten Practice For My White Friends

By | February 11th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, The Little People in the House|

I've never been to an Ash Wednesday service before. This is just our second Lenten season at Saint James Episcopal Church, and last year we couldn't make it to the Wednesday service, so when we headed downtown yesterday, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. "Stop being so happy," I [...]