Tiny Negotiations with Space

My girlfriend and I were going to move. We had our minds made up. Our building had too many bugs in the walls, too much dust in the air,...

Mourning Foods

Avocado I'm sitting in a diner in early fall 2017. The gas station next door saw its roof collapse. The air conditioning at my parents'...

Clarification or Insensitivity

I've often wondered lately why we grow insensitive to hardships in the course of time. When I think how I felt for weeks a year ago, it...

Undividing

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit...

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is coming. People bring it up with worried voices. News anchors lament it with polished concern. And, yes, some of us...

Altitude Sickness

Martin Strøksnes' 2015 memoir Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean is as much about...

Rain Again

People are rhythmic creatures; we can't help but do things in concert. Something within us or about us compels us to coordinate our...

Ungated

I've begun watching City Beautiful videos on my lunch break. They're wonderfully made, deeply nerdy, and exceptionally informative about,...

Christianity's Awkward Meal

This is a devotion written for my church. John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come...

Ellie

Names of students in this story have been changed to protect their privacy. For three years I worked in a middle school classroom...

Nephesh

Some ancient perspectives on what people are made of can be a little gruesome. There's an ancient Sumerian myth, for instance, that...

Road Kills

You made a crazed sprint, your body no more than a tiny brown and white blur. Four fuzzy feet barely brushed the ground before you were...

downpour

City. Springtime. Rain gives way to wet snow which brings forth ice which stings the face and burns the cheeks. This will all collect in...

A Review: Uncut Gems

“That movie was good,” my boyfriend says as we walk out of the movie theater into the frigid January air. “What did you think?” “Um…” I...

A Different World to Inhabit

When I was in middle and high school, I played a lot of basketball. Walking over to the rec center after school, taking hundreds of...