What Matters Most

By | June 7th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, Poetry, The Little People in the House|

After nearly seventeen years of marriage we sometimes spend our Friday nights in the basement, going through boxes of old stuff, trying to decide what to keep and what to cast off. It's like the ocean floor down there, where everything settles after being shaken, shipwrecked, sifted. You go through [...]

The Most Important Word

By | June 2nd, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, On Writing|

Last week I had the honor of stepping into Seth Haines' recovery room to talk about my vocation and all the little voices constantly jabbering in my head. The real struggle for me has been more practical–how does one navigate a life when your income fluctuates so severely from one [...]

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Could Disappointment Be an Indicator that We are Right Where We Should Be?

By | May 12th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Biegun Wschodni via Unsplash Almost three months ago, my wonderful literary agent Ruth began approaching publishers about my book The Day the Angels Fell, the very same project that you all helped fund on Kickstarter almost a year and a half ago. Ruth read it and [...]

Some Thoughts on My 40th Year

By | May 5th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity|

Photo by William Verhagen via Unsplash The saints in the stained-glass windows look down on us, somber and subdued. Outside, it’s a cloudy day. I get to the front of the line and Reverend Lauren hands me the wafer. “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven.” Then [...]

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 [...]