November 5th

Bare trees with branches, tentacle-like, grasp. Exposed bark. Leaves cling to a few oaks, green tinged with yellow, orange, brown. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. God has given us nature to surround us and wrap us like a garment, and I have had only a few moments of electrifying clarity... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons NOT to Travel

Not many blogs today are going to discourage any readers from traveling, but, though I believe in the power and importance of cross-cultural experiences and travel, sometimes we need to check our motives. This post is a follow-up to my last, "5 Reasons to Travel" (sorry I didn't post this a week later like I originally said...first... Continue Reading →

Guatemala and Big (Personal) News

Last spring, during Semana Santa, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Antigua, Guatemala... ...with my fiancee, Elena! Yes, it has been difficult for me to post as frequently as I'd like because of some crazy (awesome) life events including proposing to my amazing fiancee and transitioning back to the United States to continue teaching... Continue Reading →

Deep breaths…

It's a simple playlist, only sixteen songs right now. My thinking music. My deep breathing, deep contemplating music. My centering music. It's playing in the background right now. I invite you to join in my thoughtful reveries: a pipe and thoughts   Every life is a universe. Every step opens new worlds, new realities and... Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye (and Understanding Home)

Home is one of the most powerful motifs I've ever found in literature or theology.  In my senior's English Literature class we're reading Robinson Crusoe (I needed something in our textbook that would hold their attention amidst senioritis better than old poetry they couldn't understand--remember, English isn't their first language). At the beginning of the story... Continue Reading →

Adventure: Reflection and Looking Ahead

  Seven years ago today I embarked on an incredibly transformative life-adventure: backpacking through Europe by myself for 3.5 months as a freshly graduated 22 year old. I spent time journaling and reflecting this morning. Here's today's entry: January 14 [2017]: On this day seven years ago I flew from St. Louis to Dublin. That... Continue Reading →

Everyday Adventure

{I feel like every post lately starts with an apology. Here's my last apology but hopefully not my last post for awhile. The reality is that I was a little over-ambitious when I began my blog, not factoring in my schedule (besides being a first-year teacher I'm finishing another degree online). Once my schedule clears... Continue Reading →

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