Through a Glass, Darkly

Today, I am breaking my month-long silence, so please forgive me for publishing the world's longest blog post.  This is actually part of a collection of essays I put together a few months ago, made up of some new ideas interspersed with pieced-together thoughts I've written before.  I was saving … Read More

A Life Update and a Story

I haven’t really been writing lately.  I’m just now trying to catch up on some writing projects, now that I finally have a couple of days when I’m not running around like a crazy person trying to catch up on life.  I tried to write a blog post last week, which came out sounding a lot like: Just … Read More


A year and a half ago, I went on a date.  We had only gone out once before, but we had been sending semi-flirtatious text messages for a month, so it was the point in the relationship where I expected something to happen.  But it’s hard to know the truth in the moment. We sat there, drinking … Read More

Reflections and Connections: Week 3

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden I'm reading Walden right now, in the few hours I have … Read More

When the Days are Coming to an End

As I’m writing this, I have three and a half weeks left before get on a plane and leave Guatemala.  In my head, I’m thinking about home.  I’m thinking about my Chicago to-do list, the appointments I have to make and the friends I need to hang out with, and the jobs I need to apply for.  I’m … Read More

Reflections and Connections: Week 2

This week has been one of those weeks. I’ve had a particularly bad internet connection (blame Guatemala), and I haven’t really been moving forward in any way.  I haven’t been connecting or reading blogs or posting updates as regularly as I would like.  So, since I didn’t get the chance to ask you … Read More

Elizabethtown: In Defense of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

It’s no secret that I love the movie Elizabethtown. I loved it the first time I saw it in theaters, and then the first time I saw it on DVD the day it came out.  Now it’s probably one of my most-watched movies of all time.  I have learned, however, that not everyone shares my opinion, including … Read More

Reflections and Connections

My blog turns one year old this week. It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop in Wicker Park, trying to come up with a good name and write my first post.  Since then, I have changed a few things (most recently, the design and the name) as I’m going through … Read More

A Bigger Story

Four high school-aged girls are crouched down on the rug, playing with a four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.  They help as she pretends to feed her dolls, they talk to her and laugh when she giggles and smiles and makes funny faces at them.  To each of these girls, it doesn’t matter in this … Read More

Thoughts on Exporting a Culture War

I work at a school in Guatemala that sometimes hosts American missions teams.  Though I've only been here for a year and don’t claim to be an expert on everything that goes on here, my students have some thoughts they have shared with me over the past few months about the parade of well-meaning … Read More