with my wife in Antigua, Guatemala (2017)

Hello, I’m Caleb.

I teach high school English in the Kansas City area; my educational background is primarily in religion and English.

I met my wife while teaching in El Salvador. She is my best friend, and we love our life together. We are welcoming our first child, a girl, in January 2021; we will have the privilege of raising her multiculturally, celebrating both her Salvadorian and United States heritage, wading through the joys and trials of raising our child bilingual.

I try to live intentionally, “deliberately,” as Thoreau puts it. This blog is, more or less, dedicated to that endeavor: thoughts on literature, writing, faith, teaching, family, travel, and more.

The inspiration for this blog title comes from a passage in C.S. Lewis’s book Til We Have Faces:

“Death opens a door out of a little, dark room (that’s all the life we have known before it) into a great, real place where the true sun shines and we shall meet.”


As a Christian, I am captivated by the contrast between the temporal and the eternal. How do we live as humans in the “already but not yet” of the Kingdom of God? But I believe this idea extends to seekers no matter where they are in their pilgrimage of faith. How do we live deeply, richly, intentionally, deliberately? How do we live in that great, REAL place beyond shadow and unoriginality?

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