Author Archives: Lydia

Speak, Friend

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking truth, nothing easier than flattery.Fyodor Dostoevsky When I was a college intern, I had this idea that I would dread my hair and then shave it all off. I had a fair amount of people who told me this was a splendid plan, that I could “pull […]

Gossip: A Poem

Little firesI heard…and she said that he saidandI would neverLook at that forest ablaze Little daggersdid you know?andI can’t believe itandI just know it to be trueHow deep those wounds go Little morselsthey go down sweetandit was just talkand it meant no harmNot all poison is bitter Little wordslittle liesand little breaches of trustandlittle cursesSticks […]

We Are Villains All

Villainy somewhere! Whose? One says we are villains all. Lord Alfred Tennyson Justice, freedom, rights, choice, liberty, happiness, love…these are powerful words, and we hear them often. We read them in thousands of contexts, used both carelessly or carefully. Words matter. Words give birth to ideas, and if Joseph Stalin was right, ” ideas are […]

Diverse and Unified

This blog has long existed as a space to bring attention to topics of depth, to seek to ask questions and to explore those things that many avoid talking about, largely because of the challenge of navigating disagreement with love. Many of my posts have been born from conversations with fellow Christians, particularly those who […]

Love Your Neighbor?

“The purpose of Newspeak was […] to make all other modes of thought impossible”George Orwell, 1984 The rise of hashtag cliches has led us to self-inflicted Newspeak, wherein we latch on to simple phrases without putting in the effort to parse out their meaning. We tend to launch these phrases as a sort of “gotcha” […]