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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” […]

There’s Something to Living Dangerously

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver We are living in uncertain times. As I posited in my last post, I believe we have always been living in uncertain times, but the mask of our false hopes has […]

A World of Connected Isolation

I wonder how many people I’ve looked at and never seen. -John Steinbeck Social opportunities abound in our age. I can find people to connect to in just about every facet of my life: marriage, parenting, homeschooling, writing, even shared interest groups over coffee. It would seem we have everything we need to flourish socially, […]

Thank You for the Trees

Praying has always seemed strange to me. It’s this elusive, inexplicable thing that I know is necessary, and I feel it doing something when I do it, but I don’t understand why. There are plenty of reasons to do it, and often it’s instinctual anyway; whether it’s a whispered conversation in the dark, or a plea that […]

Firefly Christians

We recently moved Eastward and on a warm evening, on the humid brink of summer, I had my first encounter with fireflies (they were nothing more than an unknown critter to a Washingtonian such as myself until this year). I know the facts of bioluminescence that makes each oxygen-fueled spark, but it doesn’t reduce the […]