Stay Curious

"How do you fight cynicism? Stay curious." This is my third year teaching at a school in the Kansas City area. Each of the past two years we have begun back-to-school teacher training with a sermon from a local pastor, a message reminding us of our duty to mold the children and young men and... Continue Reading →

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 →

What to Read, Where to Go?

Need ideas? It's the end of summer. Perhaps you're back in the office daydreaming about next summer's dream vacation rather than the work in front of you. You have Travelocity or Travelzoo bookmarked in your browser. You're skimming travel photos, imagining the perfect adventure. You have the most epic travel playlist on Spotify. You’ve been... 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 →

Poetry Wednesday: Shel Silverstein

  Nearly everyone has been exposed to some of the fun, whimsical poetry of Shel Silverstein: The Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree are some of his most notable works. His writing--targeted primarily at children--shows itself to be both entertaining and often quite surprisingly deep. Today I wanted... Continue Reading →

Tolkien, Fairy Stories, and Sub-creation

I was first introduced to Tolkien's The Hobbit when I was a pre-teen. At that point I was not familiar with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the movies had not yet premiered). I had the joy and privilege to experience this story with a blank slate, knowing nothing about the book besides the cover image. Thus I... Continue Reading →

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