Against Political Sloth

Against Political Sloth

If someone were to ask me what I believe politically I might tell them to listen to this song. Here are the lyrics:Don’t teach me about politics and governmentJust tell me who to vote forDon’t teach me about truth and beautyJust label my musicDon’t...
Leaving California

Leaving California

California has graciously hosted me for 6 years. I showed up in 2011 and now it’s 2017. It feels strange and impersonal to leave. The communities that I’ve been connected to, received love from, that listened – they’ll all continue on....
In a Veil of Great Surprises, Part Two [Dawnielle Read Through]

In a Veil of Great Surprises, Part Two [Dawnielle Read Through]

Perhaps the most cryptic verse (aside from all the other verses) in Sufjan’s song, The Only Thing, is the second one. Rereading all the lyrics would be a good idea, but if that’s too much work I’ll just quote the second verse and the refrain that...
In a Veil of Great Surprises, Part One [Dawnielle Read Through]

In a Veil of Great Surprises, Part One [Dawnielle Read Through]

The only thing that keeps me from driving this carHalf-light, jack knife into the canyon at nightSigns and wonders, Perseus aligned with the skullSlain Medusa, Pegasus alight from us allDo I care if I survive this, bury the dead where they’re foundIn a veil of...
The Lesson of Yan Hui [Dawnielle Read Through]

The Lesson of Yan Hui [Dawnielle Read Through]

Duke Ai asked [Confucius], “Who among your disciples might be said to love learning?”Kongzi [Confucius] answered, “There was one named Yan Hui who loved learning. He never misdirected his anger, and never made the same mistake twice. Unfortunately,...
Stories Are the Road Inside [Dawnielle Read Through]

Stories Are the Road Inside [Dawnielle Read Through]

I walked through the British Museum in London two summers ago and saw the remains of a man preserved in the ground.  Scientists had examined the contents of his stomach, and reported he’d eaten something like barley and grass for his last meal. It felt so strange...

Scooter Life [Needs Image and Read Through]

About two months ago I was given a free 2010 Honda Elite scooter, a red one, with 250 miles on it. My father-in-law loves to give. Now, what follows is not an argument for why scooter-driving is an intrinsically better option than driving a car (though daily I...

Gentle Anger [Needs some formatting and Image]

Below is a paper I wrote this last semester. Forgive the formatting errors. I don’t have time to go back through the whole thing right now and make it perfect for wordpress. I did 135 hours of research for the paper, and wrote it over the course of three days....

Cowboys In Winter [ In Need of Image]

A poem I came across in the best journal published—First Things.  Cowboys In Winter The Sons of Katie Elder make such noise! Dad’s fast asleep, despite his three grandsons waving their toy pistols, kiddy cowboys shouting to be heart above John Wayne’s...