Boundaries in Humor

First, I’ve got to lay this foundation: If we believe that God is in fact the divine Creator, then we are accepting that we, his creation, bear some aspect of his character. You cannot separate the creation from the Creator. Think of it like this: As with any author, the characters they write into their…

Charisma

Well, it has been a minute. Let it be known that my of-late posting frequency is not at all a reflection of the amount of writing I have been doing. There is a correlation between the two—i.e. the more I’m writing, the less I’m posting, ironically enough—but it is not a direct reflection. That aside,…

Happy

I’m trying to find God in every moment. I believe He’s there, and that we can find Him in any given moment. Sometimes it’s stupid obvious. Then there are moments that finding God feels a little more like studying a Where’s Waldo? Book. Today I want to take a stab at those, the moments when…

To Know Him

It’s ironic that I love authenticity as much as I do. I cringe at superficial, surface-level conversation and things. However, once authenticity requires me to lay my junk on the table I start cursing it. This whole authenticity issue is showing itself as I try to make new friends and let them know me. I’m…

Unfiltered

The other day I ran into a friend and her mom in my new hood. That doesn’t happen, by the way, when you are new to a city. My friend’s mom asked how I was doing and I, in a moment of candid honesty, more or less explained to her that I’m adjusting to being…

My New Normal

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. That’s primarily because the past 6 months of my life have been hilariously all over the place. By that I mean that any semblance of predictability has been tossed—emphatically—out the window. This past weekend marked 3 weeks of marriage for my husband and me. Over the…

Waiting

On February 28th life as I’ve known it changed. That was the day that I agreed to marry Ben Pape. It’s only been a month, but I feel like my feet aren’t quite on the ground yet. Let it be known that I am entirely inept at 3 things: planning, decisions, and details. Ironically enough,…

The Bridesmaid Chronicles

I’ve had this on my mind for a while now—give or take 4 years— but I’ve been putting it off for reasons like ‘it’s not the right time’ and ‘I don’t want to be that girl’. But low and behold, I ran into a friend who has recently graduated college and she was sharing with…

Nearsighted

Not long ago I got to sit down with an old friend just a week or so before her wedding. There’s something refreshing about those friends who will skip the fluffy, small talk and cut right to the chase. She asked me why I haven’t been writing. The funny thing is that she hasn’t been…

Running Away

Running away is a curious thing. It’s different, you see, from running after something. When you’re running after something you at least know what you want.  Running away is much different. You know nothing except what you’re avoiding. You aimlessly move forward and are concerned only with creating distance. Before you know it, you find…

The Tyranny of Tangibility

I’m notoriously idealistic when it comes to reading. I have stacks of books that I’ve started and still have yet (there’s still hope) to finish. Some books I haven’t finished because they couldn’t hold my attention. Others I haven’t finished because I need to take a 3-month hiatus to process what I just read. And…

Truth and Freedom

This week, while discussing the roles of manipulation and exploitation in George Orwell’s Animal Farm (jealous you missed it, right?), two of my students began arguing about whether or not something was, in fact, a lie. One student insisted that something from the book wasn’t technically a lie. I asked the class what qualifies as…