Category series

Sunday Best, vol. 1

Welcome to the first edition of Sunday Best! Since I allegedly am a blogger, I have decided to blog, at least on Sundays, or at least most Sundays, or at least a few. And by blog, I mean link to the best things I’ve read this week. Sort of like What I’m Into: Weekly Edition. […]

#PlanetCCM: War songs

“What would people say if they knew that you’re a Jesus freak / What would people do if they knew that it’s you?” — DC Talk, “Jesus Freak” Once I started, after that fateful Jaci Velasquez album, listening to contemporary Christian music, I learned quickly how divisive music can be within evangelicalism. Not because of […]

#PlanetCCM: Does this nonconformity make me look cool?

At my 11th birthday party, I unwrapped my very first CD. I’d had a few tapes before (shout-out to my beloved green Lion King soundtrack!), listened to my parents’ old Simon & Garfunkel and Emmylou Harris albums, and flipped through the radio a bit, but this was the first time I had personally owned what […]

Days of Gratitude: Little Lovelies, vol. 2

Quick post before work. A few things I’m grateful for this weekend: > sunshine sneaking through the blinds after a gloomy week > coffee (aka sugar & milk with a bit of caffeine) > the catharsis of creativity > microwaveable chicken > my roommate who is absurdly obsessed with Olympic curling trials > conversation with […]

Days of Gratitude: 10 everyday scenes

I drive a lot. As in, close to 700 miles per week. I enjoy driving, in large part because I’m an INTP and enjoy having time to analyze, like, the meaning of that hurried silent slice of time between one heartbeat and the next, or whatever, without having annoyances like noise or people interrupt my […]

Days of Gratitude: Little Lovelies

It is late and I am feeling more grouchy than grateful, so I will stick with listing a few little lovelies from this weekend: > A good nap and a good movie on a day off. > Finally attending a NaNo write-in, and finding it unscary. > Autumn sun. > Breakfast with roommates. > A […]

Days of Gratitude: 10 college things

When people ask why I decided to attend my alma mater, housed in an old tuberculosis hospital and surrounded by prisons, I usually give a rote reply about its Pacific Northwest geography, a friendly campus, and good financial aid. But the real answer is, I just chose it. It was an option among a handful […]

Days of Gratitude: Possibility

I’ve been feeling stagnant lately. I’ve had giant nebulous dreams but few concrete goals. With my weird newspaper schedule, it is easy to stay up real late watching Netflix, sleep until 10 or 11, and accomplish very little outside work, some volunteering, and life basics like doing laundry and feeding my cat. And it’s easy […]

Guard Your Heart, Part III: Fear vs. discretion

“Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.” C.S. Lewis, “The Four Loves“ After graduating college, I lived with a couple of good friends. At the time, […]

Guard Your Heart, Part II: Emotional impurity isn’t real

Let’s jump right in. Here’s my big question about Emotional Purity: What is it? Purity, in the general sense, is the absence of impurity or contamination. A diamond is pure or it is flawed. A dog is 100% poodle or a mixed breed. Sexual purity, in the Christian tradition, is the absence of sexual sin. […]